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$133.2 million funding boost for housing, refuges and specialist family violence advisers

$133.2 million funding boost for housing, refuges and specialist family violence advisers

More than 100 extra homes for women and children escaping family violence will be built across Victoria as part of a $133.2 million State Government package. The plan also includes money to redevelop existing refuges, and the construction of two new Aboriginal crisis accommodation centres.

Housing and Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said women in danger would also be able to immediately access housing in the private rental market, if refuge places were not available. 

Mr Foley also said $17 million would be spent on specialist family violence advisers to be embedded in local alcohol and drug services across the state.

Money will also be spent to boost services for LGBTI families and Muslim women at risk of family violence.

Summary of funding package: