Domestic violence funding after Royal Commission was ‘a long time coming’

Rural Housing chief executive Celia Adams

Rural Housing chief executive Celia Adams

Extra funding and resources to help victims of domestic violence will be on their way to the North East in the next two years.

Services in Wodonga and Wangaratta welcomed the Victorian government’s $152 million package announced this week to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Rural Housing chief executive Celia Adams called on the Goulburn and North East regions to be included when the funding was allocated.

She said the region needed crisis accommodation and affordable housing for women and children.

“For victims of family violence and their children, there is a severe shortage so any slice of the pie would be most welcome,” Ms Adams said.

“Perpetrators of family violence have to live somewhere too.”

She said violent men often ended up in caravan parks or motels in the same town as their victims.

Centre Against Violence chief executive Kerry Burns

Centre Against Violence chief executive Kerry Burns

Centre Against Violence chief executive Kerry Burns said the organisation would use any extra government funding to make services more accessible for women.

“It has been a long time coming, but we were very pleased,” she said.

“We expect there will be increased resources in our district.”

CAV’s work with children showing sexual abuse behaviour only runs up until the age of 15, but Ms Burns said she expected the new funding would extend that to anyone up to the age of 17.

“We set them up for a healthier adult pathway so it’s preventative as well,” she said.

“The main thing is that we improve safety.”

Victims can contact the Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1800 015 188 or Sexual Assault Crisis Line. 1800 806 292.