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Emma Kealy angry over family violence safety hub shortfall

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy

‘Totally unacceptable’ is how Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described the allocation of one Family Violence Support and Safety Hub in western Victoria.
Ms Kealy said she was appalled the State Government had allocated a solitary safety hub, designed to support women seeking escape from violent family situations, for almost a quarter of the state.
She said the government had failed to look beyond the boundaries of Department of Health and Human Services regions in pushing on with the project.
“This is despite western Victoria having some of the highest rates of family violence in the state,” she said.
The State Government announced in March last year it would develop one Family Violence Support and Safety Hub for each Department of Health and Human Services region as a result of a Royal Commission into Family Violence.
But Ms Kealy said the Western region of DHHS covered almost a quarter of the state, stretching from Brim to Warrnambool.
She said she had raised her concerns with multiple ministers and in State Parliament regarding poor access to family violence support services and ‘the inadequacy of just one support and safety hub for the huge area of western Victoria’.
She added she had reiterated concerns with Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings.
“But after three long months the minister has failed to respond or even acknowledge this important request to support the women of western Victoria,” Ms Kealy said.
“I am aware there have also been numerous approaches to the government by local agencies who deal with the effects of family violence every day, but Daniel Andrews’ Labor government continually refuses to acknowledge the significant service gap.
“The importance of this issue was demonstrated through the local White Ribbon walks against violence, which attracted huge community support, making it clear that violence against women will not be tolerated in our country communities.
“The government’s decision to only have one support and safety hub in our enormous region and the minister’s lack of response to local concerns demonstrates complete disregard for western Victorian women.
“Just because women live in the country does not mean they don’t deserve access to family violence support services.
“Our women deserve better.”

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