The Morrison Government will provide an additional $180,000 to the Lokahi Foundation to provide extra case workers to support victim-survivors of family and domestic violence.
Minister for Social Services and Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston said the funding would assist the eastern suburb’s service to employ staff, purchase equipment and educate women and children about safety and resilience.
“The Morrison Government is absolutely committed to addressing family, domestic and sexual violence across the full life cycle – prevention, early intervention, response and recovery,” Minister Ruston said.
“By supporting services like the Lokahi Foundation we are helping victim-survivors to connect with the myriad of services that can support them to recover and rebuild their lives free from violence.”
Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma said Lokahi provides ongoing case management which allows victim-survivors to regain independence and physical, emotional and financial freedom.
“We know recovery from family and domestic violence can be a difficult and a long-term process which means support needs to be provided beyond the crisis response,” Mr Sharma said.
“At Lokahi, they provide long-term casework to women and children for as long as they need it, usually between two and three years to help victim-survivors break the cycle of violence and reduce the risk of re-traumatisation.”
This investment is part of the Commonwealth’s $2.5 billion commitment to the First Action Plan 2022-2027, under the new National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032, which is currently being finalised with states and territories.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.