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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 186

Evaluation of establishing specialised domestic violence units

(Question No. 542)

Ms Butler asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 9 November 2016:

Of the $15 million for establishing specialised domestic violence units to provide access to coordinated legal, social work and cultural liaison services for women in a single location, and allow legal service to work with local hospitals, including for women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and women living in regional/remote areas, what evaluation has been undertaken to ascertain whether the establishment of those chosen units has improved access to justice, and support, for domestic violence victims?

Mr Keenan: - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Attorney-General's Department will evaluate the pilot services to inform future Government decisions and sector best practice. As the specialist domestic violence units commenced operations in the first half of 2016, the department intends to conduct the evaluation in 2018, allowing at least one full year of operation before the pilots are evaluated.