Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Questions without Notice

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence

2:46 pm

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

Our government is absolutely committed to breaking down the barriers to women when they leave a violent relationship. Yesterday we announced an additional $240 million extension to the escaping violence payment, which provides women up to $5,000 to help them establish a life free from violence. This will support another 37,000 women who have made that incredibly brave decision to leave a violent relationship.

We have also committed an additional $100 million to build emergency accommodation, because we know that the most important thing on the day that you make that brave decision is to have a safe place to go—a roof over your head where you can start to rebuild your life and get back on your feet. We're also providing $54.6 million to support women and children staying in their own homes, when it's safe to do so, through planning, personal safety et cetera. This helps women and children to remain in their communities and schools without disruption, and it ensures that perpetrators are punished and not the victims.


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