Malcolm Turnbull is expected to use his first major announcement as Prime Minister to unveil his Government’s $41 million domestic violence package on Thursday.
Mr Turnbull will be joined by Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty in Melbourne to announce the package, which aims to increase and improve support services for women.
It’s believed the package will include $36.5 million over three years to train front-line employees, including police, social and community workers and medical staff.
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Just under half of that funding will be used to install domestic violence units within legal assistance services and train hospital staff in domestic violence hot spots to recognise signs of trauma.
Duty lawyers will be placed in hospitals to provide women with free legal advice on-site.
Police, social workers and emergency department staff will get an expanded “DV-alert” training program to help them better support vulnerable women.
Mr Turnbull said on Monday that family violence is an “enormous” issue that has been overlooked for far too long.
There have been a number of fatal domestic violence incidents across Queensland in recent times, including the tragic deaths of young Gold Coast mum Tara Brown and Karina Lock, who was shot by her former partner at a Helensvale McDonald’s.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
- $13.5m over three years for an expanded “DV-alert” training program to help police, social workers and emergency staff support women
- Specialised training for GPs, worth $500,000 over three years
- $13.4m over three years for specialist domestic violence units in legal assistance services with co-located lawyers and social workers
- Training for hospital staff to recognise signs of domestic violence and duty lawyers at hospitals in domestic violence hot spots, worth $1.6 million over three years
- $5m over four years for local support personnel in hot spots to co-ordinate housing, safety and budgeting services for affected women
- $1.4m over four years for community engagement officers in remote indigenous communities
- $1.1m over three years to develop a domestic violence module to be included in the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program for first-time indigenous mothers – and expand to APY land
- $5m over three years to expand the safer schools website with resources to help parents, teachers and students communicate about respectful relationships