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Labor’s family violence vow

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Counsellors on the frontline against domestic violence will receive a $65 million funding boost if Labor is successful at the ballot box.

Labor Leader Bill Shorten said the cash would be spent over six years on support and information services such as 1800RESPECT and OurWatch.

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“Labor is choosing to prioritise scarce taxpayer funds to tackle family violence,” Mr Shorten said.

The money would be part of a national plan to reduce family violence.

“As a nation we’ve made good progress in the recent past. We no longer look the other way, but there is much more for us to do,” Mr Shorten said.

The Coalition promised $100 million over three years to break the cycle of family violence in the federal budget, with $30 million flagged for frontline services.

* National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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