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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING WELCOME BUT JUST THE START OF WHAT’S NEEDED

September 30, 2020

Funding to support women fleeing domestic violence has been welcomed by Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman, however it is just the start of what’s needed.

 

“I welcome the funding for Wentworth Community Housing’s important project in the Hawkesbury, although it is only part of what’s needed to support women fleeing domestic violence in this area,” Ms Templeman said.

 

“For many years, emergency and medium term accommodation has been desperately-needed, and this will address some of the emergency housing needs.

 

“We know the incidence of domestic violence has risen locally with COVID, however it was on the rise even before that.

 

“Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows that while the level of most crimes has remained stable across the state over the past two years, there was a significant upward trend in domestic assault in the Hawkesbury/Baulkham Hills region - up 32.7 per cent or 123 additional incidents.

 

“Since COVID, frontline domestic violence services have been calling for urgent support, including accommodation.

 

“Finally seeing action on the Safe Places Accommodation program, almost 20 months since it was first announced, is a relief.

 

“I hope this is just a first step. The Government should invest in the construction of more long-term social housing, which would not only help put a roof over the heads of women and children who are starting over having escaped domestic violence, but  would provide work for local tradies who we’ve been warned may face tough times ahead.”

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