A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $360,000 to Full Stop Australia to support survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence to access a range of supports through an interactive new website and mobile application.
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said it was important that survivors knew where there were resources available to help support their recovery.
“The Morrison Government will support Full Stop Australia to develop Healing Pathways, an online directory for service navigation, professional and peer support and information,” Minister Ruston said.
“The online hub will provide people the tools, resources and supports they need to manage the impacts of their trauma experiences and help survivors re-build connections with their family, community, study or employment.
“We want to ensure that victims can access support beyond the crisis response and achieve long-term improvements to their health and wellbeing.”
The hub will be a 24/7 entry point for support and provide targeted information with a range of mentoring, education and employment opportunities.
As part of its wider commitment, Minister Ruston said the Morrison Government would work closely with states and territories, the National Plan Advisory Group and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council to finalise the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.
“We have established a new Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner, who among other things will consult with key stakeholders to identify essential sexual, domestic and family violence service gaps and monitor progress against the National Plan,” Minister Ruston said.
Full Stop Australia Chief Executive Officer, Hayley Foster, thanked the Government for the injection of funding in Healing Pathways.
“We know that survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence don’t just need crisis support, they need support to recover, rebuild and re-engage. Healing Pathways will act as a national gateway to this type of support,” Ms Foster said.
“As result of this investment in Healing Pathways, abuse survivors across the country will be able to access a range of supports, resources and opportunities to rebuild connection, community and financial freedom.”
Full Stop Australia through the Healing Pathways Program will work to leverage corporate buy-in and link with other initiatives to strengthen support for survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence to recover, and live safe, happy, prosperous lives, free from violence.
Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Australians, and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.
To find out more about Healing Pathways visit www.fullstop.org.au