Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has called on NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman to open his chequebook for the Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence Resource Centre when he visits the Hunter on Thursday.
Minister Speakman is also the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and will be in Lake Macquarie to attend a forum for women’s safety.
Mr Crakanthorp has been campaigning for the NSW Government to fund the resource centre from its $431 million domestic and family violence fund.
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre assists approximately 60 women each month who are experiencing domestic and family violence by providing counselling, safety and exit planning, and other specialised support services.
Earlier this month Mr Crakanthorp’s request for Government funding was denied. Instead Jenny’s Place was advised to seek support from the private and philanthropic sectors, a response that Mr Crakanthorp described as “completely unacceptable”.
Mr Crakanthorp said that if Minister Speakman is visiting the Hunter he had better bring a cheque with him for Jenny’s Place.
“The response to requests for Government support for this vital service has been disgusting,” Mr Crakanthorp said.
“These services save lives, but by referring Jenny’s Place to the private and philanthropic sectors he asking the community to step up and do the Government’s job.
“The Minister is in the region – it’s time he knocks on the door of Jenny’s Place, opens his chequebook and gives them the support they deserve.”