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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4043 ..


Domestic and family violence—government initiatives(Question No 2651)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 16 August 2019 (redirected to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence):

What stronger police supports in particular will be established with the new Safer Families funding initiative for family violence victims.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The budget initiative ‘Safer Families – Strong police support for family violence victims’ has supported ACT Policing to employ two dedicated Family Violence Order Liaison Officers (FV-OLOs) to assist vulnerable members of our community to obtain Family Violence Orders. This initiative added another option of support for people seeking family violence orders, in addition to the support provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Legal Aid ACT.

Under the Safer Families budget initiative, the ACT Government has provided funding for $1.18 million over four years to fund the FV-OLOs to assist victims of domestic violence, in particular to assist victims in applying for domestic violence protection. This funding commenced in the 2016-17 financial year and will be transitioned out of the package after 2019-20. During this financial year, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate will be reviewing this initiative to determine the best approach for the future.


Domestic and family violence—government initiatives(Question No 2652)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, upon notice, on 16 August 2019:

(1) How many clients (offenders) are involved in the Room4Change Program at the present time.

(2) How many partners of clients are currently being supported through this program.

(3) How many children of clients or clients’ partners are currently being supported through this program.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Point in time information relating to the number of clients, partners and children supported by Room4Change is not available. Under the reporting requirements of the service funding agreement, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) is required to make regular reports on program participation and support provided.

The data below is for participation and support for 2018-19.


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