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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4041 ..

b. The details of the funding for the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) can be found in Budget Paper 3: Budget Outlook, Appendix J Safer Families. The 2019-20 Safer Families funding ‘Additional resources for the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre’ is $0.450m over four years. This is in addition to the base funding that CRCC receives.

In 2018-19, both DVCS and CRCC received additional Safer Families funding of $1.680m over four years via ‘More support for families and inclusion - frontline domestic violence and rape crisis services’.

2. The Safer Families funding provided under the alcohol and drug sector initiative supports the capability development of specialist alcohol and other drug treatment providers. It does not directly fund treatment or referral places and services.

The funds are being used to progress the Safer Families Baseline Assessment Project which aims to increase the capacity and capability of the ACT alcohol and other drugs (AOD) specialist services to deliver evidence-based programs that integrate best practice in addressing domestic and family violence. These assessments will identify, at both the organisation and sector level, the capability and the capacity of the ACT’s AOD specialist services to respond to domestic and family violence.

3. The Family Safety Hub has been working on a number of areas to improve support for families in the ACT impacted by domestic and family violence including: improving early intervention for pregnant women and new families, developing options to prevent housing and financial crisis for those affected by domestic and family violence, and the ‘Listening and Learning’ project for children and young people affected by family violence.

The Health Justice Partnership is the first pilot of the Family Safety Hub and is focused on early intervention for pregnant women and new families. This pilot provides free legal advice to pregnant women and new families who are experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence at three locations; Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (with Legal Aid ACT), Calvary Hospital and Gungahlin Child and Family Centre (with Women’s Legal Centre). This pilot was recently extended to June 2020 to allow for further evaluation.

The second Family Safety Hub challenge is focused on how the Government might prevent financial and housing crises for those affected by domestic and family violence. A workshop on 7 May 2019 was held for over 50 people from financial, crisis and housing services along with representatives from Government. The Family Safety Hub is currently having early scoping discussions with potential partners to help the Government determine which ideas will have the best chance of success and will deliver practical change.

The Family Safety Hub and the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner have also commenced a ‘Listening and Learning’ project to listen to children and young people’s views about domestic and family violence. The insights gathered from the project will help us identify what improvements need to be made to services so that the needs of children and young people who have experienced domestic and family violence are met more effectively.

4. The Safer Families Package provided funding for the establishment of the Child and Youth Protection Quality Assurance and Improvement (CYPQAI) Committee and the Case Analysis Team.

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