ACT Budget 2024-25: $12 million boost to combat domestic, family, and sexual violence

ACT, Australia

Description: The 2024-25 ACT Budget allocates over $12 million in additional funding to address domestic, family, and sexual violence, including coercive control.

Publication Date: 2024-06-14 00:00:00+10:00

The 2024-25 ACT Budget will provide over $12 million in additional funding to tackle domestic, family, and sexual violence, including coercive control. As incidents of domestic violence continue to rise in the ACT and across Australia, the funding boost aims to ensure frontline services are well-equipped to respond to these situations.

Included in this package is a $375,000 coercive control package, aimed at increasing understanding and improving responses to this type of domestic violence. The package will provide training to frontline agencies such as ACT Policing and the Courts, as well as funding for a public education campaign informed by specialist coercive control expertise.

Frontline response services will receive a significant funding boost, with organisations such as the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, YWCA, Beryl Women Inc, and Women’s Health Matters set to benefit. Crisis services, refuges, and specialist services for men are all vital in addressing the immediate impact of domestic and family violence and ensuring people’s safety.

The funding will also prioritize behaviour change for perpetrators, with over $1.6 million allocated for EveryMan to expand their violence prevention programs.

“The ACT Government is prioritizing the issue of domestic, family, and sexual violence in this Budget with an extra funding of $12 million,” said ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Yvette Berry emphasized the urgency of addressing this crisis, stating, “domestic and family violence is a crisis that requires urgent and ongoing attention.”

If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic, family, or sexual violence, support is available through various local and national services.