Funding boost to combat family violence

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Women’s Health West is one of 34 organisations to share in a $1.2 million funding boost to help prevent family violence.

The grant will focus on prevention measures. WHW chief executive Dr Robyn Gregory said it was a timely grant to receive.

“Women’s Health West received 10,545 family violence police referrals in 2015-16 – this was a 29 per cent increase on the previous year,” Dr Gregory said.

“Investing in programs to prevent violence is vitally important, and yet it receives a disproportionately small amount of funding compared to family violence response services. So the investment the state government have made in prevention is important.”

Women’s Health West is the lead partner in the Preventing Violence Together partnership, which includes local councils and community groups in the western suburbs.

Dr Gregory said the grant would help the partnership expand on the work they are already doing.

“We have a solid track record of delivering training and resources for workplaces, to help people understand and redress the drivers of violence against women. This grant will enable us to take this work into the community, and strengthen partnerships between community, local government and non-government organisations,” she said.