The Hon Simone McGurk announced the COVID-19 $28.1 million FDV support package earlier this year.
It is expected that the current global health crisis and resultant economic challenges related to COVID-19 will impact the severity and ongoing prevalence of family and domestic violence on women and their children.
Through the WA Recovery Plan an additional $1 million has been allocated to the 22 Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Advocacy and Support (FDV CAS) services across the state to assist these vulnerable community members.
FDV CAS services will use the additional funds over the next two financial years, to provide extra support to women and children in circumstances where family and domestic violence has occurred or is likely to occur.
The Department of Communities is committed to ensuring that people experiencing family and domestic violence can get the help they need, when they need it, as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for this initiative is consistent with the McGowan Government's, Path to Safety: Western Australia's strategy to reduce family and domestic violence 2020-2030 strategy, which was launched earlier this year.
"The McGowan Government recognises the need to build increased support for those experiencing family and domestic violence. These specialised support services will assist in building confidence and strength for victims” said Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk.
The annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This Communities initiative is led by Minister McGurk. For more information visit The Department of Communities 16 Days in WA website.
The Department of Communities is responsible for leading the State’s social recovery from COVID-19. If you have any queries please contact Communities at WARP@communities.wa.gov.au