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Demand remains high in Ballarat and across the country for family violence support | The Courier



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A surge in family domestic violence throughout the COVID pandemic shows little sign of slowing, putting support services under increasing pressure to help victims. Berry Street’s after-hours family violence crisis line was one of the busiest in the state last year and the demand is still high according to senior manager family violence Denise O’Dowd. Despite record investment in to family violence support services from the state government, Ms O’Dowd said more funding was needed to be able to properly support victims, and perpetrators. “The housing crisis is one of our big concerns and that’s across the board in the state, but certainly in the central highlands there’s no exit point out of emergency accommodation,”…

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