More Family Violence Support Services for Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) has been awarded $47,577 to provide more family violence support services for the community, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Marsha Thomson, Member for Footscray today congratulated the ASRC which is one of 28 successful applicants to share in $1.3 million of Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund grants.

The $47,577 grant will be used to deliver more family violence support services in the region to support the existing position of ASRC’s Gender Lawyer, who along with a supervised team of 15 volunteers assists asylum seeker women with gender based claims.

Over 95% of ASRC’s vulnerable women clients with gender-related claims have experienced either sexual assault or abuse, rape, or a combination of these. Many of these women are forced to continue living with spouses and/or family members in Victoria who are perpetrators of their persecution.

Approximately 30% of ASRC’s gender based claimants have left their husbands, resulting in needs arising out of family violence such as homelessness or emergency housing, and mental health concerns.

The CLC Family Violence Fund grants are part of the $4.6 million funding package delivered for family violence-related legal services in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

As part of the package, the Government also provided $1.2 million to 23 community legal centres for family violence duty lawyer services, which help victims of family violence with legal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court.

Victoria Legal Aid received the $2.1 million to continue providing free family violence legal services.

 “This funding will help the ASRC to support family violence victims when they need it most.”

“I congratulate the centre and thank the staff for the important work they do to support victims of family violence” said Ms Thomson.

  “We’re delivering more family violence support services across Victoria to help those most in need.”

“Community legal centres play a crucial role to support victims in court, secure housing and to resolve family violence-related debts” said the Attorney-General Martin Pakula.