STUART GRIMLEY MP

Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Police Veterans Victoria

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (17:58): (1801) My adjournment debate is for the Minister for Police, and the action that I am seeking is for $250 000 of recurrent funding to be made available to Police Veterans Victoria to sustain the organisation. I have been informed that the police minister is aware of the need for this funding but as yet has not made any financial commitments. Police Veterans Victoria, or PVV, are a registered charity and not-for-profit. They currently receive no funding from the government and minimal funding from Victoria Police. My understanding is that Victoria Police have a great relationship with PVV, but the organisation is unsustainable without government or other financial support.

PVV are the only organisation with a dedicated focus on improving mental health amongst Victoria Police veterans and their families. PVV have veteran peer support officers who are police veterans themselves. These peer support officers are trained to provide confidential support and referral services to those that may be experiencing mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress injuries, depression, anxiety, social isolation and alcohol and substance abuse. This is vitally important for the wellbeing of police veterans, which all members will know is a big passion of mine as a former member. Once again I reiterate my support for Police Veterans Victoria to receive funding to sustain their organisation.

STUART GRIMLEY MP

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