A substantial increase in funding for services is needed to reduce family violence, says Say No to Violence.
Say No to Violence visited Dubbo in January as part of a listening tour. The aim of the visit was to bring people together to have a conversation about the delivery of domestic violence services in the community.
According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data, 11 incidences of domestic violence are reported to Dubbo police every week.
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During the tour, No to Violence CEO Jacqui Watt said one of the key messages was a need for more domestic and family violence services.
“One of the things that we’ve heard is people who come out from the cities to work in areas like Dubbo and Orange are amazed at how big their workload is. I think that’s an indicator of how much strain there is on the system,” Ms Watt said.
The organisation is now asking NSW politicians to commit $40 million dedicated to sectors changing men's behaviour, $1 million to develop interventions for men who use violence and $800,000 to develop a practice framework to work with young men who use family violence.
"Unless NSW leaders provide a funding commitment the whole sector is at risk, which puts the lives of women and children at risk," Ms Watt said.
She said to break the cycle of family violence, work needed to be undertaken with the men who were using violence in their families.