Victims of family violence afforded easier access to NSW hospitals as part of ongoing COVID disaster response

In a welcome policy move from the NSW government, victims of domestic and family violence will now have easier access to NSW public hospitals for the treatment of their injuries; forming part of the state’s COVID-19 disaster response.

The government has likewise altered its hospital fees policy, so that those ineligible for Medicare—such as victims on Temporary Protection Visas— no longer be required to report the crime to law enforcement in order to access public hospitals free of charge.

A call that came after alarming reports showed search engines such as Google were “seeing the highest magnitude of searches for domestic violence help that they have seen in the past five years with an increase of 75 per cent and some services are already reporting an increase in demand”.

 

Source: Victims of family violence afforded easier access to NSW hospitals as part of ongoing COVID disaster response

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