Labor announce to support the Yacaaba Centre if elected

FUNDS: Labor candidate for Port Stephens, left, with Yacaaba Centre staff and, end right, Sophie Cotsis, the Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. Picture: Supplied.
FUNDS: Labor candidate for Port Stephens, left, with Yacaaba Centre staff and, end right, Sophie Cotsis, the Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. Picture: Supplied.

THE Yacaaba Centre would receive a grant of $450,000 to support domestic violence victims if Labor was voted in at the state election.

The pledge of commitment to support the Yacaaba Centre came Wednesday morning, announced in Nelson Bay by Labor candidate Kate Washington who was joined by Sophie Cotsis, the Shadow Minister for the Status of Women.

"Domestic violence is one on the most important issues in our community,” Ms Washington said.

"Unfortunately, for the past year the Yacaaba Centre’s future has been in doubt because of the Liberals’ flawed Going Home Staying Home policy.

"I have been proud to support the Save Our Yacaaba Centre campaign.

"Labor will provide a $450,000 boost for the Yacaaba Centre so they can provide more assistance to women and children fleeing domestic violence."

The funding announcement comes as part of Labor’s commitment to provide an additional $10 million for organisations which support women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Ms Cotsis said she understood the importance of addressing domestic violence in Port Stephens.

"For the past year the Liberals have created uncertainty for women’s refuges and homelessness services across the state," she said.

"Kate Washington has been a strong advocate on behalf of the Yacaaba Centre and she has made a compelling case to support the work they do."

Labor's plan to support domestic violence victims:

  • $10 million to support organisations which support women and children fleeing domestic violence;
  • $4.5 million for counselling services, prevention programs and men’s behaviour change programs;
  • A guarantee of $50 million in funding for 21 women’s health centres across NSW for the next five years;
  • New specialist courts for domestic violence and sexual assault to streamline the criminal justice system and provide better support to victims;
  • A new Premier’s Council for Women to provide expert advice on how the NSW Government can best support women;
  • Restoring the Office for Women as an agency within the Department of Premier and Cabinet;
  • Tougher penalties for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders;
  • Expanding access to paid domestic violence leave; and
  • Extending protections under the Anti-Discrimination Act to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.