Page 2138 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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understanding of what disability means and to understand what the social model of disability is and for our whole community to take pride in the diversity of ways that bodies and minds work—that disability is seen as a part of the normal human condition; that bodies and minds will work differently. As an accessible and inclusive community, we want to be able to support people to engage and live their best life.

That is the kind of work that we will be seeking to do through the ACT Disability Strategy, which will have funded actions once we have completed the process of working through with the community what will be in that strategy. I would encourage them to continue to engage with us, and I thank Advocacy for Inclusion, ADACAS, our Disability Reference Group and many individuals in the community who have been engaging with government on that work so far.

Budget 2023-2024—domestic and family violence

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Minister, demand for domestic, family and sexual violence services have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Can you please highlight the investments the government is making to address this demand?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for her question. This year’s budget invests over $9 million for frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services. The funding will enable these services to expand and for more women at risk or subject to domestic and family violence to be assisted through case management, safety planning and outreach support. The government is investing to ensure that frontline services can provide culturally appropriate responses to support victim-survivors of different backgrounds, enabling service provision to multicultural communities on a full-time basis across the ACT. We also fund a frontline service system review to inform service gaps and ongoing responsiveness to victim-survivor needs.

In addition, the government is investing over $6 million in the perpetrator behaviour change program. This program will ensure critical frontline support is provided to the ACT community and that perpetrators are held accountable. This budget also allocates more than $3 million to extend the Health Justice Partnership program, providing women with free and confidential legal advice by embedding lawyers in health and family services settings.

MS ORR: Minister, can you outline how the ACT government will ensure frontline workers have the skills to provide top-quality services to victim-survivors?

MS BERRY: The community sector in the ACT is a professional, skilled and experienced sector. Frontline workers go above and beyond to support their communities, particularly during the tough few years that we have recently endured. The ACT government is committed to supporting frontline workers to do what they do best. As part of the increased funding, we are ensuring practice lead roles to provide best practice, evidence based domestic and family violence services to support frontline workers. This role will also support the sector to be more responsive to the intersectional needs of victim-survivors by building and fostering relationships with multidisciplinary services and agencies in the sector. The ACT government will


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