$20M boost to help victims

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Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards and Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan have welcomed $635,006 for local family violence services as part of a $20.2 state government million funding package announced last week to provide support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The funding will allow local support service providers to respond to the increase in demand for family violence support for women and children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards said for some women, the biggest fear during this pandemic won’t be coronavirus – it will be the fear they can’t escape a violent partner. “That’s why this funding is so important – it will give them and their children a safe place to go,” Ms Edwards said.
Central Victoria’s Centre for Non-Violence has welcomed the state government’s commitment of extra funding.

Centre for Non-Violence chief executive officer Margaret Augerinos said support for victim/survivors of family violence will be further strengthened through additional funding for phone-based and online responses and outreach support.  See the Mail for the full story. Out now.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.