Investment $1.9 billion
At the heart of the Victorian Budget 2017/18 is an unprecedented $1.9 billion package to address family violence, a national emergency that costs far too many lives.
What will the money be used for?
The 2017/18 Budget includes investments to:
Establish Support and Safety Hubs
$448.1 million to establish 17 Support and Safety Hubs, because getting the right support at the right time is critical. These crucial contact and referral points will link victim survivors and their children to the support and services they need.
The first Hubs will be launched in Barwon, Bayside Peninsula, Inner Gippsland, Mallee and North-East Melbourne regions from late 2017.
Crisis support, counselling and therapy
$270.8 million for victim assistance, after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy, including for children.
Enhance the legal response
$269.4 million to enhance the response of Victoria's legal system to family violence. This includes implementing the specialist Family Violence Courts model in several locations across the State, expanding legal assistance services for victim survivors and a new case management system for courts.
$133.2 million for housing. This includes finishing the job of rebuilding family violence refuges, so victims are safe and can start their recovery. It also includes new Aboriginal family violence refuges, leasing more private rental properties for victims, and additional public housing.
Strengthen our family violence workforce
$95.4 million to strengthen our family violence workforce. This includes new workers in mental health and alcohol and drug services, expanded training across a wide range of services, and initiatives to recruit the next generation of workers.
- Victoria's first family violence workforce census has launched. Have your say.
Supporting victims of crime in the justice system
Supporting hospitals to respond to family violence
Giving victims a roof over their heads
Transforming our courts to keep victims of family violence safe
Family violence hubs and better information sharing to keep women safe