Locations of specialist domestic violence legal support units announced

Following the announcement earlier this week by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that a $100 million package would be used to respond to family and domestic violence through a Women’s Safety Program, today the Attorney-General’s department has provided specific details of what his portfolio’s $15 million will fund.

Attorney-General for Australia, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, appeared this morning on the ABC program, Insiders. When asked by host Barrie Cassidy whether he could provide further details on how that money would be spent, he responded:

“Yes I can Barrie. I think it’s emblematic of the new Government, that this is our first major announcement, although there had been much work done during the previous Government as well, to bring us, to put this into shape. Some $15 million, the $100 million of new money that was announced by the Prime Minister and Senator Cash last week, will be spent within the Attorney-General’s portfolio to fund twelve specialist domestic violence units within community legal centres in areas of Australia identified as being areas of particular need, and I’m announcing today the location of those areas.”

Subsequently, in a Media Release issued today, those locations have been announced.

South-West Sydney, NSW;

the Dubbo region, NSW;

North-East Melbourne, VIC;

the Mallee region; VIC;

priority locations within Brisbane and the Gold Coast, QLD;

Townsville, QLD;

North-East Perth, WA;

the Kimberley, WA;

Elizabeth, SA;

North-West Tasmania;

Alice Springs, NT; and

Canberra, ACT.

Additional funding will be provided to establish health justice partnerships between a local hospital or health care centre and the new domestic violence units at:

Brisbane and the Gold Coast, QLD;

North-East Perth, WA;

Elizabeth, SA; and

Alice Springs, NT.

For the full media release please see: