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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2504 ..


(2) What measures will the ACT Government take to invest in and improve long term supports for those impacted by domestic or family violence.

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

1) The ACT Government funds a range of dedicated services that include medium to longer term supports for people in the ACT who are victim-survivors or are otherwise impacted by domestic and family violence.

Different sectors, including the specialist homelessness sector and the child, youth and family services sector provide a range of more mainstream supports to vulnerable individuals and families who may also be experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence in addition to their other presenting concerns. These supports include holistic case management, accommodation, counselling, outreach support, and referrals to specialist services as necessary, such as dedicated domestic and family violence services.

a) Dedicated domestic and family violence services are listed below. Many of these services work to offer a holistic service response, which sees them providing support for children and young people in the context of their family.

Specialist Homelessness Services (Domestic Violence dedicated)

The following Specialist Homelessness Services provide dedicated responses to women and their children who are victim-survivors or are otherwise impacted by domestic and family violence. This includes crisis responses, as well as medium to longer term accommodation and/or support services.

Toora Domestic Violence and Homelessness Service

Women (with or without accompanying children) who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Beryl Women Inc

Women with accompanying children who are in need of immediate safety escaping domestic and family violence.

Doris Women’s Refuge

Women with accompanying children who are in need of immediate safety escaping domestic and family violence.

Community Development Program – Related Domestic Violence Services

A range of non-accommodation services funded through the Community Development Program also support people experiencing or impacted by domestic and family violence through a range of programs including counselling and therapeutic programs, case management support, living skills training, outreach support, court advocacy.

DVCS – Room4Change

A therapeutic men’s behaviour change program for men using domestic violence that enables women and children the choice to remain in the family home and improve the safety and wellbeing of all.


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