THE HON SHAYNE NEUMANN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING
MEMBER FOR BLAIR
SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
NAIDOC WEEK FOCUS ON CRITICAL SERVICES FOR DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE
Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Queensland Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for Women will be attending the official launch on the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service's (FVPLS) new office building and services hub today in Abbotsford, Melbourne.
The opening of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria's (FVPLS), community hub for Koori victims/survivors of family violence is to be celebrated during NAIDOC Week.
Australia is in the grips of a family and domestic violence crisis and indigenous women experience disproportionately high levels of family violence.
Alarmingly, Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence.
Specialised frontline services such as those provided at FVPLS, including community legal advice, play a critical role in keeping women and children safe from family violence.
Labor continues to call on the Prime Minister to hold a National Crisis Summit on Family Violence and to support their $70 million interim package of measures to make sure women get the legal support they need and have somewhere safe to go. This includes:
- Almost $50 million to legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure women suffering from family violence have appropriate legal support;
- Initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home; and
- An investment of $8 million in perpetrator interaction mapping.
Labor is committed to considering a range of policy approaches to prevent family violence and recognises the need for national leadership.
TUESDAY, 7 JULY 2015
ELIZA ATKINS (NEUMANN) 0481 249 828
MEREDITH HORNE (MOORE) 0408 599 800
*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
"If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000"