It is essential that sexual assault referral centres and services for those experiencing violence and abuse are recognised for being specialist areas. We believe that the contracting out of these services to the private sector limits the involvement of the expertise in the area meaning that the complexities of the needs of survivors of violence and abuse will go unmet. We believe this is about money not support. Not-for-profit organisations in the violence against women sector aim for results for the survivor before results for the government's pocket. Please sign in support of all survivors and the specialist services that work for them.
We would like you to reverse your decision on awarding vital services for victims and survivors of domestic abuse to the private sector, particularly in light of the fact that the Violence Against Women sector has a long history and expert knowledge of providing these services at a gold standard.