Following the election, the Premier asked me to serve as Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention.
As someone who has spent their working life to support and empower those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, I embraced the opportunity to serve as Assistant Minster.
I have worked alongside the Premier and Ministers, in particular, Deputy Premier and Attorney General, Hon Vickie Chapman MP, and the Minister for Human Services, Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, to deliver on the promises we made to reduce and prevent domestic and family violence.
Actions to date include:
- Hosted six round-tables across metropolitan and regional South Australia to work with the sector to ensure the best implementation of our policy
- Funded the SA Domestic and Family Violence Crisis Hotline to operate 24 hours, seven days a week. Previously it only operated during business hours, which was just not good enough
- Establishing peak body funding for the Coalition of Women's Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Services
- Began 12 month trial of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme enabling people who may be at risk to access information about their partner or former partner, to help them make informed decisions about their safety and the future of their relationship
- Passed legislation for tougher penalties related to domestic and family violence.
We know that violence affects far too many families and I, along with my parliamentary team, am dedicated to improving safety and security for all South Australians.
If you are experiencing domestic or family violence:
In an emergency, contact: 000
For police attendance: 131 444
Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1800 800 098
Child Abuse Report Line: 131 478
Counselling and support service: 1800 737 732 (1800RESPECT)
or visit: https://womenssafetyservices.com.au