Lifeline welcomes $5.6m boost to domestic violence prevention training
Lifeline welcomes today’s announcement of a $5.6 million increase to the charity’s domestic violence training program, DV-alert, which trains allied health and community frontline workers to respond and refer people in situations of domestic and family violence.
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said that the $14 million to be provided over three years – up from $8.4 million – would go a long way to supporting Lifeline’s vision of an Australia free of suicide.
“With women experiencing personal violence 4.5 times more likely to attempt to take their own life, this support from the Australian Government will help save lives,” Mr Brogden said. “It will do so by allowing Lifeline to significantly expand our nationally-accredited training program, DV-Alert.
“Since October 2011, Lifeline’s DV-alert has trained more than 5000 frontline workers across the country – we will now be able to train police, social workers, emergency department staff and community workers under the increased funding.”
The Australian Government’s $100 million package will deliver a range of immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe.
“Lifeline believes that we need to take a whole-of-community approach to stopping domestic violence and, as such, this package will equip more people with the skills to do something about this issue,” Mr Brogden said.
“From tackling a culture of violence to promoting crisis support services, such as Lifeline and 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), this package shows there are important steps we can take together.”
The DV-alert training is recognised as one of the key initiatives under the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.
For further information or comment, please contact [email protected] or 0408 407 376.
NB: Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support line 13 11 14 is pronounced ‘thirteen eleven fourteen’.