A $28.1 million support package has been announced for victims of family and domestic violence as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
$8.6 million will fund an extra 23 outreach workers in refuges across Perth and regional areas to provide support to women and children experiencing or at further risk of family and domestic violence.
Almost $6.7 million will strengthen the State’s family and domestic violence response teams through a partnership between the Department of Communities, the WA Police Force and the community services sector. An additional 17 community sector team members will work across Perth and regional areas to support victims of family and domestic violence after a police call-out.
A further $4 million will enable the construction of an additional six accommodation units at each of the two women’s refuges currently being built in Peel and Kwinana.
Other initiatives in the package include:
- $123,000 for a program to support women residing at family and domestic violence refuges to gain employment skills, access career training or retraining, and attend workshops and short courses to support their pathways to employment
- $2.6 million to extend the Kimberley Family Violence Service trial by two years
- $1.1 million over two years for counselling, advocacy and support services.
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