NSW LABOR WILL BOOST FUNDING TO NSW SEXUAL VIOLENCE HELPLINE

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A Minns Labor Government will provide an additional $923,000 a year to the NSW Sexual Violence Helpline to ensure they can continue to provide critical, 24/7 state-wide specialist counselling service for people impacted by sexual violence.
 
Demand for the service is rising, with sexual assault crime rates showing a 4.2 per cent upward trend in the five years to March 2022.
 
In 2021 there was a 27 per cent increase in the number of calls, with the helpline receiving 14,089 calls and online contacts.
 
Unacceptably, due to a lack of funding for counsellors, almost one in three calls (29 per cent) go unanswered.
 
The NSW Sexual Violence Helpline provides round the clock telephone and online crisis counselling for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, family or domestic violence.
 
NSW Labor have committed to providing an increased $923,701 in additional core funding per annum to cover the wages of an additional 25 counsellors.
 
This funding boost will be in addition to a one off funding injection of $467,679 to improve access to sexual violence services in priority populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, migrant and refugee women, and people from the LGBTIQA+ community.
 
Prue Car, NSW Labor Deputy Leader said:
 
‘Family and Domestic Violence remains one of the most important challenges in our society. We need to do better.
 
‘The services Full Stop Australia provide to the NSW community are invaluable and we are proud to support their ongoing efforts, particularly the support they provide through the NSW Sexual Violence Helpline.’
 
‘It is hard enough as it to make the decision to reach out and ask for help – it us unacceptable for no one to pick up at the other end when you do make that call”.
 
‘The rising incidences of sexual assault crime in NSW are extremely concerning, and this will not be the last thing we have to say on the matter.
 
 Jodie Harrison, Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault said:
 
‘It is important that victims in NSW feel they are heard and supported and that simply cannot happen if there is no one on the end of the phone to listen.
 
‘This is an important first step in NSW Labor’s commitment to supporting both victims and providers in this state.

 PRUE CAR MP
NSW LABOR DEPUTY LEADER
 
JODIE HARRISON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

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