Funding has been distributed to three organisations which have seen a spike in referrals, particularly from those directly impacted by the bushfires.
- Gateway Health, Wangaratta
- Centre Against Violence, Ovens Murray District
- Gippsland Lakes Complete Health, East Gippsland
CEOs of all three organisations have experienced an increase in demand for their family and domestic violence services and programs and anticipate further increases.
They said the combination of the destructive summer bushfires and the implementation of strict COVID-19 related restrictions puts additional strain on all family and intimate relationships.
‘This extra financial assistance from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal will help us to allocate additional resources to crisis counselling, sexual assault services and early intervention and response work.
‘This will enable us all to support more women and children experiencing family violence and raise awareness in communities that violence is not a reasonable response.’