Urgent funding for crisis accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula:
Better local support services, including:
There is no crisis accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula.
In 2020-21, there were 2,158 family violence incidents reported to Police on the Mornington Peninsula. Reported incidents increased by more than 14% between 2018-19 and 2020-21. Research shows this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Family violence incidents have increased in severity and number during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have a higher incidence of family violence than the Melbourne metro average. This high demand for services means local families are missing out on crucial support.
Our inadequate public transport system makes accessing support services and crisis accommodation off the Peninsula unviable and forces women to stay in abusive situations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a significant increase in the severity of family violence and the number of reported incidents:
Violence against women and their children is recognised as a serious and widespread problem, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs.
Programs such as the Big Housing Build will provide medium to longer-term solutions – but we urgently need a short-term solution.
A family violence refuge presents the perfect opportunity to address the critical gap in the provision of crisis housing and provide safe and secure accommodation.
The unmet demand for crisis accommodation on the Peninsula is clear: temporary crisis housing at The Ranch Motel has seen all 13 rooms full almost every day since it opened more than a year ago.
All forms of violence against women and their children are underpinned by gender inequality, which is compounded by other forms of disadvantage and discrimination.
Our Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030 considers the key drivers of violence against women and identifies a range of actions to prevent violence. These actions are currently being delivered across the Peninsula and are in alignment with the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy and the Gender Equality Act.
This request aligns with the Victorian Government’s Family Violence Reform – Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023:
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Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:
1300 850 600
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000, Rosebud