The Western Australian Council of Social Service has warmly welcomed today’s announcement ahead of the State Budget there will be significant investment to tackle family and domestic violence, and to hold perpetrators to account.

WACOSS CEO Louise Giolitto said the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Simone McGurk, was sending a clear message to perpetrators that abuse needs to stop.

“It is absolutely critical that women, children and young people who are survivors of family and domestic violence know that there is a safe space in their community where they can seek shelter and support, as well as housing and financial assistance, and drug and alcohol services,” Ms Giolitto said.

“The opening of a third FDV hub in Armadale, and plans for a fourth hub in the Kimberley, will greatly improve the accessiblity of these services to women, children and young people in those areas.

“We’re also pleased to see increased involvement from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to ensure that the Government’s appraoch to FDV is culturally safe and appropriate with an emphasis on trauma-informed solutions, and targeted early intervention and prevention measures.

“We look forward to a commitment from the WA government in the not-too-distant future that additional resources will be provided to existing, essential FDV services to ensure they can continue.”

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