The ASU has joined the state opposition in calling for Premier Will Hodgman to guarantee funding and increased staffing levels at the state’s family violence counselling and support service.
Staffing levels are currently far too low with just 10 staff statewide, each dealing with an average of 650 cases per year following a 30% increase in referrals to the service.
With the Government looking for $450 million in savings from the state budget this vital service must be protected and staffing levels at least doubled to deal with increased demand.
The ASU has been a leader on the issue of family violence.
We negotiated the very first family violence leave in an enforceable industrial agreement anywhere in the world, and we are now standing up for the family violence counselling and support needed in Tasmania.
If you are currently experiencing family violence we encourage you to contact the state Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) or, in the case of emergencies, please phone the Police on 000.