MORE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN FLEEING FAMILY VIOLENCE

Victims of family violence who suffer financially at the hands of perpetrators will have access to new specially trained financial counsellors, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

The Andrews Labor Government has already taken action to help combat financial abuse as part of its record investment to address our state’s number one law and order issue, delivering 10 new financial counsellors to make it easier for women escaping violence to access this important advice.

But there’s more to do – that’s why Labor will invest $4.6 million over four years to double the number of financial counsellors, providing an additional 10 full-time specialist family violence financial counsellors to help victim survivors in our state.

The financial counsellors will help those in abusive relationships by negotiating with creditors and debt collectors, helping to protect assets from repossession and helping victims access financial hardship programs.

Only Labor will implement all 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Liberals have refused, saying they would consider the “financial impost” of these lifesaving recommendations. It beggars belief that anyone could say that protecting women and children from violence is a financial impost.

Labor has invested $2.6 billion to stop family violence, more than any government in Australian history, including $100 million to prevent family violence before it starts.

The rollout of the additional financial counsellors will begin in 2019.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins

“No woman should be trapped in a violent and abusive relationship because they don’t have the financial support or tools to escape.”

“Family violence can take on many forms – this will give women the advice and information they need to keep themselves and their children safe.”