White Ribbon Statement Regarding NSW Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy
White Ribbon Australia welcomes the release of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy 2017-2021 (the Strategy).
We commend the focus of the NSW Government on primary prevention, particularly the acknowledgement of the importance of intersectionality and the value of whole-of-government approaches to achieving social change.
The associated financial contribution of $20 million through the Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund is an important step forward in supporting a traditionally underfunded area of responses to domestic and family violence.
The Strategy is ambitious and achieving change across the priority areas will require significant investment. White Ribbon urges the NSW Government to ensure the funds are allocated to proven organisations, programs and initiatives in order to avoid duplication and maximise effective use of resources. Importantly, this contribution must not be made at the expense of continued and increased funding for tertiary services, which remain critically underfunded.
White Ribbon is committed to working with the NSW Government to realise the goals of The Strategy. We look forward to hearing more about the projects that the Government wants to commit to through The Strategy.