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Govt levies ACT residents to fund domestic violence program

Family violence Victims of family violence Australian Capital Territory

For the first time in Australia, a government is levying its residents to fund services for survivors of domestic violence.

The people of the ACT will pay $30 dollars each to fund a $21 million reform package called the 'Safer Families' program.

It will include a co-ordinator general for family safety, enhanced child protection services and interpreting services in courts. There will also be support for frontline staff, emergency services and legal assistance.

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