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Friday, 12 June 2015

BENDIGO FAMILY VIOLENCE COUNSELLING SERVICE RECEIVES FUNDING BOOST

Bendigo State Labor Members, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan have announced the Bendigo based Centre for Non-Violence (servicing the Loddon Campaspe region) has received additional funding from the Andrews Labor Government to boost the provision of family violence counselling services to women and children.

In the 2015-16 State Budget, Labor committed an additional $3.5 million over two years to meet critical demand pressures on counselling services for women and children experiencing or recovering from family violence.

The funding will see the recruitment of an additional 22 full-time equivalent counselling staff to provide an extra 40,000 hours of counselling across Victoria. This will help women and children exposed to family violence to access timely therapeutic support to assist them to recover.

The six areas identified as experiencing higher rates of family violence incidents will receive a greater share of funds and include the Bayside Peninsula, Southern Melbourne, North East Melbourne, Western Melbourne, Inner Gippsland and Hume Moreland.

Ms Edwards and Ms Allan congratulated Centre for Non-Violence for the work it does in supporting family violence survivors.

The new $3.5 million in funding, which was allocated over two years in the Victorian Budget 2015-16, ensures that additional counselling services are provided in every local government area across the state. Before 30 June, $1 million of this will be distributed.

This initiative is part of an $81.3 million package outlined in the Budget to boost family violence services and support victims.

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