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NSW budget allocates $100 million to women’s safety and domestic violence support

Dominic Perrottet

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (centre-right), and MP Natalie Ward (centre-left) announced a $100 million budget for women's safety in NSW. Photo: Facebook

By ERIN MODARO

The NSW Government has committed to a budget of $100 million to improve safety for women in both public spaces and in the home. The budget will include a $30 million allocation that will go towards improving street lighting and CCTV cameras in public places, with target locations for the project being in The Rocks and Parramatta.

Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Natalie Ward said in a social media post that the $30 million is to “prevent harassment on our local streets”.

Minister Ward said at a press conference today that the NSW government is “making sure we are listening to women and girls and providing safer cities”.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said that “this investment today of over $100 million will make a real difference to women and young girls right across NSW”.

“Wherever you live in our great state you should feel safe and be safe.”

Workplace harassment and domestic violence to be addressed in budget

The budget will also address women’s rights in the workplace, with $4.8 million going towards funding a ‘Respect at Work Taskforce’ to prevent sexual harassment in professional settings.

A further $69 million will go towards improving support systems for domestic violence victims, in a project called ‘safer pathways’.

The NSW Premier also called a statistic revealing that 1 in 6 women across Australia have suffered from sexual harassment or sexual violence from either a current or previous partner a “travesty”.

“As a government and as a people, we need to do better” Premier Perrottet said.

“Today’s budget announcement, I believe, is a very important day in the state of NSW.”

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