SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW CABINET SECRETARY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER TO THE LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
MEMBER FOR PATERSON
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR HUNTER
An Albanese Labor Government will provide $1 million for additional crisis accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence in the Hunter.
The funds could help as many as 90 women and children to find refuge. They will also allow frontline services to employ an extra six workers to support 480 women during the hardest time of their lives.
“Right now, women in the Hunter fleeing violence are being turned away from accommodation and support services because of insufficient funding from the Government,” said Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson.
“Victim-survivors are being left to fend for themselves or worse – are forced to return to an abusive partner.
“This funding will give them the flexibility they need to employ staff with the specialist skills required to deliver the appropriate support to victim-survivors,” Ms Swanson said.
“Having a trained professional step through the process of leaving a violent relationship is essential. Survivors of violence are strong, and they deserve our help to rebuild their lives,” Ms Swanson said.
“Over the past nine years, the federal Liberal Government has failed to take this task seriously enough.”
Each year nearly 10,000 women and children seeking safety are turned away because there isn’t a bed. For many women and children, this means homelessness – couch surfing, sleeping in the car, on the street or returning to the perpetrator.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities and the Prevention of Family Violence, Senator Jenny McAllister, said this is why an Albanese Labor Government will establish the Housing Australia Future Fund to build 30,000 social and affordable homes across the country.
This includes 4,000 homes for women and children fleeing violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness, plus an additional $100 million for crisis accommodation.
“We also know that an extra pair of hands can make an enormous difference,” Senator McAllister said.
“The organisations we talk to say that an extra person working on staff can help between 80 and 100 additional women and children each year.
“That’s why Labor will invest in 500 new workers across Australia to support people who are facing violence.
“Labor will tackle the scourge of domestic violence with ambition and urgency.”