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Government funding to help domestic violence victims in Tasmania.

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Senator Jocelyn Newman Minister for Family & Community Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister

for the Status of Women



03 March 2000

Joint Media Release  

Senator Jocelyn Newman   Minister Judy Jackson Federal Minister for Family and Community Services  

Tasmanian Minister for Health and Human Services



Federal Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Jocelyn Newman, and Tasmanian Minister for Health and Human Services, Judy Jackson, today announced that Anglicare Tasmania will receive funding to establish a domestic violence support service in Tasmania.

Senator Newman said Anglicare Tasmania would receive $111,500 a year until June 2001 to provide a support and information service for women and children experiencing domestic violence in rural and remote north and north-west Tasmania.

"This funding will enable the agency to provide information, referral and initial assistance to domestic violence victims, and link them to appropriate services," Senator Newman said.

"The service, funded as part of the Domestic Violence Rural and Remote initiative, will provide valuable support to those experiencing domestic violence in rural and remote areas where the impact on families caught in the cycle of violence is heightened by their isolation.

"The Domestic Violence Rural and Remote Initiative is part of the Federal Government's $50 million Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiative, a collaboration with the States and Territories and the community, to find better ways of preventing and responding to domestic violence."

Ms Jackson said the Commonwealth and State Governments are committed to working together to provide services that help families escape from domestic violence.

"The physical, emotional and financial costs of domestic violence to the whole community are devastating," Ms Jackson said.

"The partnership between the Tasmanian and Federal Governments is a significant factor in helping

the people in north and north-west Tasmania develop and maintain a stronger community."

The funding is provided through the joint Commonwealth and State funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP).

Senator Newman said the SAAP currently provides Tasmania with $10.375m towards vital accommodation and support services to women and children escaping domestic violence, and to homeless single adults, young people and families.  

Media contact: Senator Newman - Mark Polonsky, 03 63341755 or 0411 407 215 Minister Jackson - Mark Thomas, 03 6233 2170 or 0419 306 675