Greens blast family violence "disgrace"

Last night in parliament, Greens MLC Colleen Hartland slammed the government's decision to close the Family Violence Unit (FVU), a vital service in the City of Brimbank.

"Family violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.   Brimbank has one of the highest rates of reported family violence incidents in Victoria," said Ms Hartland

"The Government makes all these empty promises about addressing family violence in an integrated and meaningful way but then this successful service, the first of its kind in Victoria, is terminated"

"This is exactly what I was talking about last month when I said 'we need more police, not more police powers'.  We had that great big media circus checking bags at Footscray station to show that the Government is tough on crime.  Meanwhile, the crime that causes the most death, disability and illness behind closed doors cops a funding cut."  

"It's a disgrace that such an important community service is disbanded without proper consultation or transparency.  The children of Brimbank, our future, deserve better."

 "The closure of the Family Violence Unit is a massive blow to family violence support agencies, women and children who have accessed this service and the wider community."

"We simply cannot afford to have police specialists who have been trained to respond to complex cases of family violence to be relocated to normal policing duties - it is such a waste of their skills, knowledge and training."  

"The Government has failed to provide enough police in the west.   Victoria has the lowest number of police on the beat per head of population in Australia.   A vital resource has been removed from the City of Brimbank," said Ms Hartland

For comment: Colleen Hartland - 9689 6373

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