Federal funds for domestic violence legal service

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – The Central Australian Women’s Legal Service is launching a domestic violence legal service supported by the Australian Government through the $100 million Women’s Safety Package.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. We have allocated $1.35 million over three years to establish this service in Central Australia.

 

The domestic violence unit will help women access legal advice, as well as other services such as financial counseling, tenancy assistance, trauma counseling, and emergency accommodation. It will work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women whose first language is not English, and women with a disability or mental health condition.

 

The Health Justice Partnership will offer legal training and support for health professionals and provide on-site legal advice at Flynn Drive Community Health Centre and Alice Springs Hospital.

 

Senator Michaelia Cash

Minister for Women

 

 

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