Domestic violence shelters get $60m boost

The federal government has announced $60 million in funding will go towards new emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
The federal government has announced $60 million in funding will go towards new emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

CRISIS accommodation providers for women and children fleeing domestic violence will soon be able to apply for a share of $60 million in federal government grants.

The total funding package is expected to benefit up to 6500 women and children each year by helping organisations construct, repurpose or renovate buildings.

“Domestic violence, unfortunately, is a big contributor to (homelessness), so we’re looking forward to these places getting built,” Assistant Community Housing Minister Luke Howarth told reporters on Thursday.

“It’s certainly a very positive start to ensuring women and children are protected.”

But Mr Howarth acknowledged the package would not meet the demand for accommodation.

“I expect that we will be oversubscribed and we won’t be able to meet all the demand on this round but if we need further rounds then I’ll be pushing the prime minister and others to open up further rounds,” he said.

The first accommodation funded by the scheme is not expected to open until early 2022.

Included in the package is also $18 million dedicated to improving safety when women choose to stay in their homes, which could be used for upgrades including locks or more secure shutters.

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