MCALLISTER & BURNEY - MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR TO PROVIDE 1,200 MORE LGBTIQ+ PEOPLE , 17 MARCH 2022
11.44am | March 17, 2022
LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
MEMBER FOR BARTON
SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
LABOR TO PROVIDE 1,200 MORE LGBTIQ+ PEOPLE WITH FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT
An Albanese Labor Government will provide dedicated funding to LGBTIQ+ community organisations to employ specialist domestic violence workers, ensuring LGBTIQ+ people receive appropriate family and domestic violence support.
LGBTIQ+ people face diverse complexities of gender and violence which are best addressed through community based and peer-led organisations already working with LGBTIQ+ people.
That is why an Albanese Labor government will fund 15 workers in LGBTIQ+ community organisations to help people experiencing domestic and family violence. This means 1,200 people who would have been turned away will now get help at one of the most vulnerable times in their life.
Every day in Mr Morrison’s Australia, people fleeing violence are turned away from accommodation and services because of insufficient funding for sector workers.
The shortfall in support is particularly acute for LGBTIQ+ people. For nine years, they have been neglected at every stage of the process - not just in the provision of support services, but also in policy development, frameworks, data collection and evaluation.
An Albanese Labor will fund an additional 500 workers over three years so community organisations can better support people fleeing family violence.
Leaving a violent family or relationship is the hardest and most dangerous thing that many people will ever do. It is even harder when there are further barriers to access services or needs that are not well understood.
The Morrison-Joyce Government has ignored the LGBTIQ+ community and the services they need completely.
No one in crisis should not be left to fend for themselves.