An immediate boost of $175,000 will be provided to support sexual assault survivors which will be made available immediately, says the government.
This comes ahead of the release of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced last month about the new funding in anticipation of a spike for support services.
It is estimated that thousands of Victorians are survivors of sexual abuse in institutional settings and the report’s release is likely to trigger the need for support, an official press release said.
The Labor Government is providing $50,000 to the Sexual Assault Crisis Line – a state wide, after hours, confidential counselling service which receives thousands of calls each year.
A further $125,000 will go to Sexual Assault Support Services across Victoria, and to the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency to assist Aboriginal sexual assault survivors.
All funding will be made available immediately, including for the Ballarat Sexual Assault Service, which has provided unwavering support for those affected in the Ballarat community.
This additional funding will take the total support for Victorian sexual assault services to more than $26 million per year.
Mikakos said, “The only reason this Royal Commission exists is because of the courage of these victim-survivors who bravely told their stories – there is no way we are going to let them go through this alone. I hope this additional support will give some comfort and assistance through what is an extremely difficult time.”