The South Australian Liberals will invest $9 million to increase crisis accommodation for victims of domestic violence in South Australia.
“This tsunami of violence must be stopped and the devastating impact it has upon women and children addressed,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Every hour three domestic violence incidents are reported in South Australia, that’s 69 a day or 480 a week which amounts to 25,000 during the course of this year.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will better fund our efforts to deal with the devastating consequences of domestic violence.
“Currently there is a critical shortage of suitable accommodation for women and children fleeing dangerous situations in their homes.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will invest $1.5 million for a new 20-room facility in southern Adelaide and $2.5 million for two 10-room facilities in the regions.
“These new facilities will be properly resourced crisis centres offering 24-hour security, toiletries, meals, and critical counselling services.
“Many of the shelters for women escaping domestic violence are dated and not fit for purpose.
“Our policy will also support the non-government sector by providing a $5 million loan facility where NGOs can apply for interest free, 20-year loans to fund capital projects including expansions, renovations and upgrades.
“NGOs have a critical role in the response to domestic violence and this $5 million investment builds on the wonderful job they are already doing.
“Dealing with the scourge of domestic violence will require a partnership between government, non-government service providers and the community.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will continue to drive the cultural shift regarding domestic violence that has occurred in Australian society during the last 20 years.
“Domestic violence is never alright and a government I lead will reinforce that message at every opportunity.”