State Liberals to address the domestic violence crisis

The State Liberals have unveiled a suite of measures to combat domestic and family violence, following yesterday’s announcement of a $9 million investment to increase crisis accommodation.

“The scourge of domestic violence must be stopped, and that’s why a Marshall Liberal Government will implement a series of prevention and early intervention initiatives to protect women and children,” said Shadow Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink.

“Increasing crisis accommodation for victims of domestic violence in South Australia is critical, and that’s why we’ve already announced we will invest $1.5 million for a new 20-room facility in southern Adelaide and $2.5 million for two 10-room facilities in the regions.

“Along with these new facilities, it’s important to invest in prevention and early intervention, and so a Marshall Liberal Government will implement a number of other important domestic violence initiatives.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will invest in a range of initiatives, including:

  • Improving service delivery by co-locating services in ‘Safety Hubs’ across our state;
  • Developing a personal protection app to link at risk individuals directly to SAPOL and women’s services;
  • Providing funding for the Women’s Safety Service Crisis Hotline to operate 24-hours a day;
  • Protecting those at risk by ensuring they are automatically notified about changes to an; accused perpetrator’s bail conditions, ensuring Intervention Orders breaches are being acted on promptly and introducing tougher penalties for repeated breaches;
  • Enabling people at risk to seek information about a current or former partner’s violent offending history in certain circumstances;
  • Ensuring more targeted rehabilitation for Domestic Violence perpetrators;
  • Improving data collection and communication across government and non-government sectors; and
  • Providing the coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services with peak body funding

“The statistics around domestic and family violence in this country are shameful,” said Ms Lensink.

“One in four women experience intimate partner violence, with one woman killed by her partner or ex-partner almost every week.

“We must do better and accelerate reform in the domestic violence space.”