The Launceston Women’s Shelter Inc announced as a Safe Places Grant recipient

The Launce­s­ton Women’s shel­ter Inc has been award­ed $1,900,000 by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment as part of the Safe Places Emer­gency Accom­mo­da­tion program.

The Launce­s­ton Women’s Shel­ter Inc said the grant would allow them to increase emer­gency accom­mo­da­tion and pro­vide women and chil­dren some­where safe to escape violence. 

The Safe Places Grant of $1,900,000 will enable the Launce­s­ton Women’s Shel­ter Inc to build addi­tion­al new units. The Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties Tas­ma­nia has also iden­ti­fied $4,000,000 for this project as pri­or­i­ty under Action 7 of the Afford­able Hous­ing Action Plan 2012023,” Jen­nifer Bertram said. 

Min­is­ter for Fam­i­lies and Social Ser­vices and co-chair of Women’s Safe­ty Min­is­ters, Anne Rus­ton, said the grants will help women and chil­dren expe­ri­enc­ing domes­tic vio­lence to find a safe and secure place to stay. 

It is an impor­tant invest­ment to cre­ate real and last­ing change to reduce vio­lence against women,” said Min­is­ter Ruston.

The $60 mil­lion Safe Places Emer­gency Accom­mo­da­tion pro­gram is part of the $78 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age which includes $18 mil­lion to con­tin­ue the Keep­ing Women Safe in their Homes ini­tia­tive. This fund­ing forms part of the $340 mil­lion Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment invest­ment in the Fourth Action Plan of the Nation­al Plan to Reduce Vio­lence against Women and their Chil­dren 2010 – 2022.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Launce­s­ton Women’s Shel­ter Inc, vis­it www​.lws​.org​.au. For more infor­ma­tion on the Safe Places grants, vis­it the Com­mu­ni­ty Grants Hub.