Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Additional funding for Family Violence Support Services

Media release

The Morrison Government is providing additional funding for front-line services to support vulnerable Australians affected by family violence.

The Government will commit $22.6 million over three years, from 2019 to 2022, to extend the Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) program. The FASS, which is delivered by state legal aid commissions in family law court registries across Australia, provides integrated duty lawyer and family violence support services to help vulnerable families.

"An independent evaluation of the FASS has found that it is positively impacting families, courts, legal aid commissions and support providers, with benefits including a reduction of court time, an emphasis on early resolution, and high quality engagement between self-represented parties and courts", Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said today.

The Government will also provide a further $2.5 million from 1 July 2019 to continue funding a pilot of tailored legally-assisted and culturally sensitive family dispute resolution (LACADR) services for Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse families experiencing family violence.

"The pilots build on the Government's commitment to keep families safe, keep families together and combat family violence," the Attorney-General said.

"These new funding announcements build on the Government's $30 million investment in front-line legal assistance and family law services under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022." the Attorney-General said.

For a copy of the FASS Final Evaluation report, please visit the Attorney-General's Department website.

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