Shortage ‘a real issue’ : Jennifer Podesta

BENAMBRA’S Labor candidate Jennifer Podesta says she will make the “chronic shortage” of services and counselling for family violence victims a priority if she is elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Ms Podesta said she had learned of the waiting time for children’s counselling services during a visit to Wodonga last week by shadow minister for health promotion and women, Danielle Green.

She said both women were “shocked” to hear the figures during meetings with Upper Murray Family Care.

“These services are a crucial tool in helping resolve these issues,” Ms Podesta said.

“We have high levels of family violence in this area and not the services to deal with it.

“If they are not dealt with in a timely fashion and significant way they can cause trauma later on.”

Benambra MP Bill Tilley said the issue of waiting lists had not been raised with him.