BURKE & MCALLISTER - MEDIA RELEASE - FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT FOR 4,800 MORE PEOPLE FROM CULTURALLY DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS - SUNDAY 20 MARCH, 2022
4.42pm | March 20, 2022
TONY BURKE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR WATSON
SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
4800 MORE PEOPLE FROM CULTURALLY DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS TO HAVE FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT UNDER LABOR’S PLAN
An Albanese Labor Government will provide dedicated funding to organisations that support Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds to employ specialist domestic and family violence workers.
Every day in Mr Morrison’s Australia, people fleeing violence are being turned away from accommodation and services because of insufficient funding for sector workers, and the failure to recognise this tragedy as a national priority.
Labor has already announced that we will fund an additional 500 workers over three years so that community organisations can better support people fleeing family violence.
But we know the importance of culturally appropriate frontline services for victim-survivors from culturally diverse communities.
Survivors and frontline workers tell us that it’s about the simple things – like being able to prepare meals that are familiar and having their children speak with other people who speak their preferred language. This creates a sense of family at a time of great sadness and trauma.
That is why, as part of our existing commitment, an Albanese Labor Government will fund 60 domestic and family violence workers in community organisations that support people from culturally diverse communities. Services tell us that this means an extra 4,800 people who wouldn’t receive family violence assistance will now get help under Labor’s plan.
Women who flee domestic violence are immensely brave and the services that work with them during this time deserve more support than the Morrison Government is currently providing.