Federal Labor welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Government today to invest $572 million into family violence prevention services and greater housing options for women and children fleeing family violence.

 The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his Government have shown significant leadership in this area since taking office.

Today’s commitment is the next practical step in supporting women who from no fault of their own find themselves under siege in their homes by their partners.

Domestic and family violence is now the leading cause of homelessness in Australia.

Too often women have no other option but to return to violent homes because they cannot find appropriate accommodation

Federal Labor particularly welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to provide $152 million for a housing blitz to shelter more victims of family violence through the delivery of new safe refuges, crisis accommodation and 130 new social homes.

Eliminating family and domestic violence requires a long term strategic approach by all levels of government and the Australian community.

Federal Labor is committed to addressing the scourge of family and domestic violence, with already released policies, and a willingness to work with state and local governments, stakeholders, and the community.

Bill Shorten and Labor have committed that in government we would implement immediate measures to assist people in family violence situations. The package comprises more than $70 million in measures including:

  • approximately $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure people experiencing family violence get legal support and do not have to go to court alone;
  • an initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home and communities; and
  • $8 million investment in mapping perpetrator activities to look at the interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems to help identify opportunities to prevent violence through information sharing. 

Bill Shorten and Brendan O’Connor have also announced that a Labor Government will make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right.

Domestic and family violence leave would support those experiencing violence in our community, providing for five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

These commitments build on the 12 year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which Labor established in 2010. 

Labor is committed to making a series of critical investments in services and programs that support women and their children to escape family violence. 


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Senator Katy Gallagher is Labor's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.

This is a joint release with Terri Butler MP, Labor's Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Child Safety and Prevention of Family Violence.