SEXUAL assault victims are set to have shorter waiting lists at Ballarat Centre Against Sexual with a funding boost to support services.
Labor MP for Wendouree, Sharon Knight said the $163,000 state government funding boost was the largest allocation of funding to support services in Victoria.
She said the funding will ensure waiting lists for children and young people are addressed first and is part of the state government’s $16 million Family Violence Fund established to respond to increased demand for services as a result of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
It will be used to deliver support services to almost 100 extra people this year.
She said sexual assault support services provide crisis care responses, counselling, casework, group-work, advocacy and a statewide after-hours telephone crisis service for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.
“With this funding we are helping to address the scourge of sexual assault and family violence,” Ms Knight said.
“Ballarat CASA is a critical service for local people in times of terrible trauma and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to helping this service continue its work in our community.”