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To: Tasmanian Government
Protect Family Violence Support Services in Tasmania
The Family Violence Counselling and Support Service
(FVCSS) is a service that works with adults, children
and young people who have experienced family violence.
The Service deals with over 6100 referrals each year. They need more resources to do their job well.
Why is this important?
Family Violence is a crime that seriously reduces the health and wellbeing of individuals, families
The Premier has stated that eliminating family violence is a top priority of the Tasmanian Government.
Tasmania Police data shows a 15 per cent increase in reported family violence arguments and incidents over a three-year period from 2014-15 (4,486) to 2016-17 (5,154).
The FVCSS is struggling to deal with the increase in referrals due to lack of resources.
The Family Violence Counselling and Support Service provides victims with:
◾Information, counselling & support
◾Trauma Counselling for children and young people
◾Information and support to family and friends
◾Arranging assistance from police
◾Assisting in organising a safe place to stay
◾Referrals to Legal Aid and/or Court Support
◾Act as an advocate in accessing assistance e.g. Housing, Centrelink
◾Liaise with Government and non-government sector on behalf of clients
◾Group work programs for affected adults, children and young people.