Monday, 30 July 2018

New domestic violence services for Rockingham and Kwinana’s most vulnerable

Media release

Vulnerable people in Rockingham and Kwinana now have access to greater support services through a new, dedicated Domestic Violence Unit.

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, officially opened the new Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) at Rockingham this morning, saying it was one of six new services being established across Australia.

"These DVUs are being funded by the Turnbull Government with $3.4 million to bring together legal and social support services in one place, so that those in urgent need of help can access all the services they need in one place," the Attorney-General said.

The Attorney-General was joined by Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, to officially launch the new DVU, operated by the Southern Communities Advocacy, Legal and Education Service (SCALES).

"These DVUs are focused on helping those women who are experiencing , or who are at risk of family violence, by making sure that all the services they need can be accessed quickly, simply and without them having to contact multiple providers," the Attorney-General said.

"There is no one-size-fits-all in terms of the support required by women experiencing domestic violence.  These DVUs take a different approach, by partnering with a multitude of service providers in the local area to bring together all the supports needed by an individual.  This could include financial counselling, mental health support, crisis accommodation and a range of other services."

The Attorney-General said the Turnbull Government takes the issue of family violence seriously and is committed to taking action to prevent family violence and abuse for all Australians.

"The first twelve of these DVUs, established in early 2016 through funding from the Turnbull Government, have already helped over 4,000 clients. This additional funding ensures we can take this service approach to women in other areas of need, including those here in Rockingham and Kwinana," the Attorney-General said.

"It's a stark reality that far too many women face domestic violence, or are at risk of domestic violence, every day.

"This area has a range of excellent services available to women in need and this DVU is partnering with many of these services to ensure women can easily access the services they need to escape violent relationships and situations.

"There's no doubt that for anyone trying to escape a violent relationship, the ease of accessing the services they need to help them is critical."

The new DVUs build on the Government's record investment of over $1.7 billion in legal aid commissions, community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, including $20 million already being provided for the first 12 specialist domestic violence units and five health justice partnerships established in 2016 under the Women's Safety Package.