No cash to help women

ALARMING REJECTION: Crime Prevention Minister won’t fund Bsafe

RENEWED: MP Tim McCurdy and Minister Edward O’Donohue last week. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A STATE Government minister has dismissed the value of Bsafe alarms in protecting women from domestic violence.

The alarms, created by Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE), allow women to discretely press an SOS button to alert a call centre, which will then call 000 if the user does not answer the phone.

But Crime Prevention Minister, Edward O’Donohue (pictured), has told the Wangaratta Chronicle the State Government has no plans to fund the project that was piloted by the Federal Government and advised women to use the phone instead.

“Police would recommend calling 000 in the first instance,” he said while in Wangaratta last week.

The minister was in town to announce $400,000 over two years to save the Landmate program, which funds prisoners to do participate in community work projects. (Story page 4)

Bsafe project worker, Rachael Mackay, said the State Government’s attitude was disappointing because calling police is sometimes “easier said than done”.

She said violent men target mobile phones so women cannot call for help, but the alarm is instant.

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