The Commission will receive an additional $1.35M from the Commonwealth Government over four years as part of a Women’s Safety initiative to be set up in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
The funding will be used to establish a rapid response Specialist Domestic Violence Unit to provide legal advice to victims of domestic violence. The unit will also provide on-going support through existing domestic violence and health agencies.
The funding recognises the Commission’s longstanding experience in domestic violence matters. The Commission is one of just four Australian legal assistance providers to receive funding for a Health Justice Partnership
. This initiative will provide legal assistance for abuse victims identified at healthcare facilities, and formal training programs for medical and allied health staff.
Domestic violence victims face multiple legal issues relating to the abuse and separation. These include tenancy and property problems, as well as family law matters relating to parenting, contact and residence issues. It is vital for victims to be able to access legal assistance safely – and quickly.