Domestic violence support welcomed

Burnie City Council has welcomed today’s announcement regarding the Federal government’s $1.05m grant to the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania to help women experiencing domestic violence access vital legal assistance and other support services.

Burnie City Council welcomes the opportunity to work with all partners involved in this new service delivery, because a whole of community approach is necessary to assist women and families affected by domestic violence.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “The fact that the North West Coast has been identified as a domestic violence hot spot is of great concern. It is a stark reminder of the severity of this issue, affecting many women in our community and communities similar to Burnie in regional Australia.”

“The development of a service specifically tailored for domestic violence victims on the North West Coast will be of great benefit to those who need support and guidance during this very difficult time and often uncertain time in their lives.”

“Women, and particularly women with children, who are victims of domestic violence need to be able to access services where people understand what they are going through and as such can provide useful and timely assistance.”

“Obviously these are intervention based services and there is still a need for Government to work in partnership with local communities to focus on early intervention and to address the root causes of domestic violence

“I look forward to meeting with representatives of the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania to understand better how this initiative will be developed in our community.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728