Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Questions without Notice

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

2:44 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

Listening to victim-survivors and people with lived experience has actually reaffirmed what we already know, and that is that trauma stays with people unless it's addressed. We must ensure that people who are suffering trauma get access to the right supports beyond the crisis response. That's over months, years and, sometimes, lifetimes.

Our historic $290 million commitment to recovery measures in yesterday's budget sets out a path to ensure that victim-survivors are supported so that they can rebuild their lives, participate in the workforce and participate in their community. We're particularly targeting and committing $48.7 million to provide targeted trauma informed mental health therapies and helping survivors navigate the healthcare system.

Seeking justice must not add to the trauma, and survivors must be supported to work through their trauma sooner, guided by their own goals. That is why we're spending $87.9 million to expand the Lighthouse Project.


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