Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman
Further Action On Addressing Family Violence
Victor P Taffa
Eliminating family violence remains a top priority for my Government, Premier Will Hodgman said.
“Today we will table legislation which will allow a Court to terminate a residential tenancy agreement without penalty when making a Family Violence Order.” Premier Hodgman said.
Under current legislation, victims of family violence are often forced to face the cost and burden of taking on a lease alone. Not only can this lead to financial hardship for the victim, but it can make it more difficult for people facing that scenario to seek help, knowing that they may have to pay additional rent.
Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill being tabled today will address this by providing the option for a lease to be terminated by a Court without penalty when making a Family Violence Order. It will allow for circumstances where a victim needs to break the lease and move to a new residence that is unknown to the perpetrator.
“Today we are also releasing the latest progress update on the Safe Homes, Safe Families Family Violence Action Plan released in August 2015. The Plan committed an additional $26 Million to fund new and direct actions to address family violence in Tasmania.” Premier Hodgman said.
Premier Hodgman said that strong progress has been made in implementing the 23 actions under the Plan and today’s update provides a snapshot of the additional services delivered under the Plan including:
- 971 additional clients to be provided legal assistance;
- 2,474 additional hours of counselling and service provision for children and young people;
- 1,283 additional hours of adult counselling services;
- 3,752 recommendations provided by the Safe Families Coordination Unit to better support victims of family violence and hold perpetrators to account.
- 400 clients provided with support, counselling and referral options by the new Safe Choices Service.
“It reminds us that while there has been significant action and progress made, Family Violence remains unacceptably prevalent in our community and addressing it requires ongoing action.” Premier Hodgman said.
Family Violence Initiatives
“We are keeping our promise to respond to emerging family violence issues and this year’s State Budget included an additional $20.2 Million toward family violence initiatives” Premier Hodgman said.
- Additional Court Support and Liaison Officers,
- Additional Police Prosecutor,
- Additional resources for the Safe at Home Coordination Unit,
- Funding for employment of an additional legal practitioner.