Labor has pledged affordable housing and funding for staff working in domestic violence crisis centers across the country.
Corangamite MP Libby Coker was joined by the Federal Assistant Deputy Minister for Communities and Family Violence Prevention, Senator Jenny McAllister at the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Center in Geelong West on Friday afternoon and announced that, s If elected, a Labor government would invest in 30,000 new affordable homes and prioritize 4,000 for women and children fleeing violence and older women facing homelessness.
The Labor Party will also fund 500 new emergency workers across the country, seven of whom will be based in the Geelong region and provide support to frontline organizations like the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre, to support women and children fleeing violence.
Senator McAllister said domestic violence and sexual assault have become a national crisis
“Too many women spend too much time in deep fear and are subjected to the worst circumstances imaginable”
“Unfortunately over the past nine years it has received little attention from the Commonwealth Government”
Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center CEO Helen Bolton said the lack of affordable housing is the key issue for their clients, and for those in dangerous situations, there is simply no help. options.
“The difference housing will make for abused women and children is huge, there are no exit options for women, they find themselves stuck in emergency accommodation and they cannot leave because there is no place to go”
Corangamite MP Libby Coker said these organizations provide vital services that have been left behind by current federal funding models.
“It is really important that we do more for women who are facing an increasing prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence. We have seen through COVID that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and Labor believes that we can do a lot more in government”
Image: Corangamite MP Libby Coker with Federal Assistant Deputy Minister for Communities and Family Violence Prevention Senator Jenny McAllister alongside Sexual Assault & Family Violence Center CEO Helen Bolton (not pictured) at the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Center Friday afternoon.