More than 60 women a month could be left without access to vital specialist support as the Liberal-National Government refuses to budge on its funding denial of Newcastle’s Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence Resource Centre.
Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Trish Doyle and Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp were joined by representatives from Jenny’s Place on Friday to renew their plea for Government funding for this much-needed service.
Operating separately from the organisation’s refuges, the Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence Resource Centre assists women who are experiencing domestic and family violence by providing counselling, safety and exit planning, and other specialised support services.
The Government says it has committed $431 million over four years to its domestic and family violence response. The Centre requires $300,000 each year to maintain its service. Despite representations from the Opposition, Jenny’s Place and the community, the Government is continually refusing to provide funding.
Shadow Minister Trish Doyle MP said: “Jenny’s Place is a front-line service which assists women and children experiencing domestic violence in the Newcastle area. They have a long history of helping victims to re-establish safety in their lives. Unless the NSW Government provides funding, their Domestic Violence Resource Centre looks set to close.”
“Over the past five years we have seen women’s refuges closed down in this state and record numbers of women and children being turned away from services. The Berejiklian Government continues to deny there is a problem. It is time this government walks the talk and provides funding to ensure the Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence Resource Centre keeps its doors open.”
Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said: “Only a few weeks ago Labor revealed that this Government has reaped over $400 million selling off public assets in Newcastle since they came to power.
“Meanwhile we have the Jenny’s Place Domestic Violence Resource Centre crying out for just a fraction of that amount to continue their extremely important work and are being denied.
“What they are asking for is pocket change to this Government and its response is not good enough."