CANBERRA Labor’s funding cuts to frontline domestic violence services will hurt hundreds of women and children, says Shadow Attorney-General Jeremy Hanson.
During budget Estimates hearings, Legal Aid ACT CEO John Boersig expressed concerns that the cuts would result in the loss of frontline staff at Legal Aid ACT, saying this would have a big impact on hundreds of clients who are predominantly women.
“It seems very cruel that the government would cut funding for vital frontline staff who are helping women and children fleeing domestic violence,” Mr Hanson says.
“It is counter-intuitive. Demand for services is actually increasing.
“As a community, we are working hard to combat domestic violence. Cutting funding for vital services will take us backwards, and leave a lot of victims worse off.”