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‘Bsafe’ domestic violence reprieve for Vic: make scheme permanent

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 25 Nov 2011

The Greens have congratulated women campaigning for renewed Federal funding for the ‘Bsafe’ program which provides personal safety alarms to women and children at risk of domestic violence, who today won a further $55,000 grant to continue the initiative in Victoria over summer.

Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon had called for renewed funding this morning.

“This cash injection is a tribute to those campaigning for Bsafe to continue and will provide some women and children in rural Victoria with a safer summer,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“But the federal government should go further and recurrently fund this program and organise for the scheme to be rolled out across Australia.

“There is an extraordinary level of support for Bsafe from the beneficiaries, community workers, police, women’s groups and the broader community.

“It’s time for buck-passing to end. Federal and state governments should work together to establish this scheme in all jurisdictions.

“For example, in NSW Bsafe would fit extremely well with the ‘Staying Home Leaving Violence’ program which has operated in a number of communities and is managed by the Department of Community Services.

“This award winning program deserves a longer life and wider implementation across all states,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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