The Women’s Legal Centre ACT will receive $1.05 million in funding for the delivery of targeted legal assistance services to help women experiencing domestic violence in the ACT region, Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said today.
“The rates of violence against women in this country are unacceptable. Every woman in Australia has the right to feel safe and to live without fear,” Senator Seselja said.
“The $1.05 million will be delivered over three years and is part of the Australian Government’s $100 million package to respond to family and domestic violence by enhancing the safety of women.
“The Women’s Legal Centre ACT has a strong record of providing high quality services for women experiencing domestic violence. The extra funding will help them expand their work to support vulnerable women and give them access to legal services safely.
“We are working together with the legal assistance sector to take a stand against domestic violence and make Australia a place where women and children feel safe,” Senator Seselja concluded.
Elena Rosenman, Executive Director of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT said the funding will help to increase services offered to victims of domestic violence and in particular, vulnerable women in our community.
“This is one of the single biggest injections of funds into our service in its history. Women who are experiencing domestic violence need comprehensive, long-term, expert legal advice and representation and this funding means we will be able to provide that to women in the Canberra community who are most at risk,” Ms Rosenman concluded.
Further information can be found at the Attorney-General’s Department website.