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The 2017 Victorian Budget delivers on the Government’s laudable commitment to ending family violence.
The Victorian Council of Social Service says the budget’s headline figure of $1.9 billion for family violence initiatives is a generous and welcome amount, and should be recognised as new money in addition to previous commitments.
“The government has allocated a phenomenal amount of money to address family violence in a range of areas; from prevention to early intervention and support for victims and perpetrators.”
Specifically, the Government will protect women and children with a broad range of investments including:
“The government should be commended for genuinely acting on the recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission,” Ms King said.
“These measures will save lives.”
The 2017 budget also formally allocates money towards initiatives to make housing safer, cheaper and more accessible for Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens, including the pre-announced $1b Social Housing Growth Fund.
Other highlights include;
“There’s a lot to be proud of in this budget,” Ms King said.
“VCOSS will work with the government to ensure fairness is central across all key government decisions and investments over the coming year.”
VCOSS will analyse the budget in more detail over the coming days, with updates available at vcoss.org.au
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Emma King
please contact Ryan Sheales on 0418 127 153
Follow the conversation at www.twitter.com/vcoss