WDVCAS provide essential services to victim-survivors, and yet they currently receive nowhere near enough funding that they deserve and need. Abigail called on the Government to commit to increased funding.
(1) That this House notes:
(a) the valuable contribution of the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services [WDVCAS] in providing quality frontline support to victim-survivors and their families; and
(b) that, according to NCOSS in a report entitled Rebuilding for Women's Economic Security, published in October 2021:
(i) between June 2019 and June 2021 there was a 9.8 per cent increase in reports of domestic violence to police; and
(ii) between 2020 and 2021 there was a 7.1 per cent increase in the number of people seeking specialist homelessness services who had experienced domestic and family violence.
(2) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to increase WDVCAS baseline funding by 50 per cent to support increasing demand for services, court delays and increasing strain on clients and the sector due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
(3) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to fund the WDVCAS/NSW Police colocation pilot for $850,000.
(4) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to fund WDVCAS supplementary services such as case management, hearing support and online file systems.
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