Funds to fight domestic violence

The grant is part of the Federal Government�s $100 million Women�s Safety Package, which aims to support families and improve women�s safety.

The NSCLC, which has two locations in Mirrabooka and Joondalup, will establish a specialist domestic violence unit with the funding.

NSCLC manager Karen Merrin said the organisation was grateful to receive the funding as it dealt with about 500 cases each year where domestic violence presented in a case.

�Domestic violence impacts on so many factors in women�s lives,� Ms Merrin said.

�A victim of violence may face homelessness, financial stress, medical and legal issues, including family violence orders, family law, tenancy and civil matters.

�This package will allow us to respond more appropriately and in a co-ordinated way.�

Ms Merrin said the Government�s commitment to the funding was a step in the right direction.

�The combination of a new specialist family violence unit and a health-justice partnership will allow victims of domestic violence to receive early and immediate advice,� she said.

�This includes personal and financial counselling, emergency accommodation, legal protection and medical assistance.�

Stirling MHR Michael Keenan said the funding would ensure that women in Stirling benefited from increased access to front-line service delivery.

�Every woman in Australia has the right to feel safe and to live without fear, which is why I am pleased to announce the NSCLC as a very worthy recipient of this funding so that they can provide stronger support for local women,� Mr Keenan said.