Crikey Worm

Jan 12, 2018

Crikey Worm: Family violence spike with cashless welfare rollout

Good morning, early birds. Communities in Western Australia have witnessed an increase in domestic violence incidents since the introduction of a controversial new welfare-management scheme. Plus, the Prime Minister responds to the suicide death of a cyberbullied teen from the Northern Territory. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Chris Woods — Freelance journalist

Chris Woods

Freelance journalist


Family violence rates have risen significantly in Western Australia's east Kimberley communities since cashless welfare cards were introduced in April 2016, seemingly contradicting a key defence of the controversial income-management system.

The Guardian has obtained police data under freedom of information laws that demonstrates domestic-related assaults and police-attended domestic violence reports increased in the communities of Wyndham and Kununurra since trials of the card, which quarantines 80% of a welfare recipients’ payment, began.

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