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Rehabilitation, mental health & addiction programs trump prisons any day, says veteran crime writer John Silvester. theage.com.au/victoria/law-a…
If housing was considered in inflation data (a key cost-of-living gauge), the rate would be "significantly higher".… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
The roll-out of the NDIS, cuts to government spending on social services and recommissioning were just some of the trends discussed with community sector participants receiving valuable financial and strategic planning tips at the latest bankmecu-VCOSS Finance Network workshop.
Initiatives at a glance $12.8 million over four years towards reducing family violence by: Reduce waiting times for victims of sexual assault Training in CRAF will be expanded to improve consistent identification and response ($3 million over four years) Strengthening Risk Management project will be expanded to 8 sites ($4.5 million over four years) $700,000 per year for four years for personal safety intervention orders to respond to increasing demand $600,000 over two years to enable emergency department to develop protocols, tools and data collection to better identify and respond to family violence and sexual assault No additional funds for Men’s Behaviour Change Safe at Home programs Case management and counselling Specialist workers in the court system Summary of VCOSS Budget Priorities VCOSS Budget priority In 2014-15 Budget VCOSS Comment Improve early identification to reduce violence against women and their children $12.8 million over 4 years to includes resources to extend and expand CRAF training
Many VCOSS members will be involved in the international 16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women (November 25 – December 10).