SHORTEN & MCALLISTER - MEDIA RELEASE - 1200 MORE PWD TO RECEIVE FAM VIOLENCE SUPPORT - TUES 12TH APRIL 2022
2.35pm | April 12, 2022
BILL SHORTEN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG
SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
1200 MORE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY TO HAVE FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT UNDER LABOR’S PLAN
An Albanese Labor Government will provide dedicated funding to organisations that support people with disability to employ specialist domestic and family violence workers.
Women with disability are far more likely to suffer domestic and sexual abuse than non-disabled women. Despite this, many frontline family and domestic violence services are physically inaccessible or don't have enough funding or support to accept women with complex care needs.
This commitment will ensure that women with disability are not excluded from receiving appropriate and tailored support.
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 it’s important that disability organisation are supported to provide services and training to identify signs of violence within the homes of their clients.
That is why, as part of our existing commitment, an Albanese Labor government will fund 15 domestic and family violence workers in community organisations that support women with disability.
Services tell us that this means an extra 1200 people who wouldn’t receive family violence assistance will now get help under Labor’s plan.
Women with disability should not be turned away from help and left to fend for themselves when experiencing domestic abuse.