No to Violence CEO Jacqui Watt is backing the Perpetrator Accommodation Support Service launched by the Victorian government because it focuses on keeping women and children safe from ongoing violence in their own homes.
The state government invested $1.67 million into the program which rehouses perpetrators of domestic violence in hotels across Victoria for up to 14 days while providing them access to services such as counselling.
Probed whether it was reasonable for the taxpayer dollars of domestic violence victims being used to put up perpetrators, Ms Watt told Sky News protecting women and children in their own homes “was actually a better use of taxpayer dollars”.
“Generally our experience is women don’t want to kick them out because they don’t want them to be homeless so we’re providing that 14-day window in that situation which is obviously better than them feeling the pressure to take him back because he’s got nowhere to go,” she said.
“If you consider one in four people have experienced violence or intimate partner violence there’s an awful lot of people who are both using it and having to respond and deal with it.
“We spend a lot of taxpayer dollars on the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, and I think what we’re trying to do is get to the top of cliff before the ambulance goes over.”