Department of Human Services

Additional $2.4 million boost to support at-risk South Australians

2020-09-02

More financial assistance for women experiencing domestic abuse, as well as additional funding to operate a state-first dedicated 24/7 men’s domestic violence hotline and support services, are the key pillars of a $2.4 million funding boost.

The new, immediate measures include:

  • $700,000 for victim and survivor support including packages that cover transport, personal needs, health services and food, more financial planning support and fast-tracking the opening of safety hubs in the Limestone Coast and Whyalla regions from December 2020 to 2021
  • An additional $500,000 for perpetrator behavior change support services, allowing the 24/7 Men’s Referral Service, OARS ‘Don’t Become That Man” program and Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY) to extend their services beyond December 2020, and fast-tracking services specifically targeted to men.
  • $1.2 million for services that respond to the needs of vulnerable people, community recovery initiatives and contingency funds to enable flexible responses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
  • The funding allows support services to specifically respond to particularly vulnerable groups, including women living in remote areas, women living with disability, Aboriginal women and their children and LGBTIQA+ people.

South Australia has shared in $4.8 million in Federal Government funding as part of a $150 million response package to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from COVID-19.

If it’s not safe for a woman to stay at home, there are a range of support services and funding available to assist them when making difficult decisions about their safety. DV services remain ready to help South Australian women and children in need.

Men’s Referral Service: phone 1300 766 491 
DV Crisis Line: phone 1800 800 098

Page last updated : 29 Sep 2020

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