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

TROUBLING FAMILY VIOLENCE LINK

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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