Take real action to end domestic violence

Take real action to end domestic violence

Take action on domestic violence
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The Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence has released its final report and it’s an important milestone for addressing this crisis that’s in our homes.

One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

For women aged between 15 and 44, domestic violence is the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and illness.

Over the last 12 months we have come so far. Domestic violence has gone from the shadows into the centre of our national conversation, and politicians of all persuasions have expressed their commitment to end with domestic violence.

But words and actions are very different.

The Senate inquiry final report contains clear recommendations for dealing with domestic violence.

There is no silver bullet to end domestic violence, but there are tangible steps that this government could take immediately that would make women safer. These are some of the recommendations from the Greens’ report in the Senate inquiry on domestic violence:

  1. No more turn-aways. Thousands of calls go unanswered every year. We need to boost funding to crisis phone lines immediately to fill the gap.
  2. Funding boost of $200 million per year for community legal centres and Legal Aid. We also need to fix the $12 million “funding cliff” looming in 2017 for community legal centres. 
  3. Spend $44 million on crisis shelters and specialist women’s services. We need to build more shelters, and fund them long term. We also need quarantined funding for specialist women’s services. 
  4. Respectful relationships education in schools. We need federal funding for a roll-out of proven respectful relationships education as part of the National Curriculum. 
  5. Long term affordable housing. We have a plan to build safe, affordable housing for 22,000 of Australia’s most vulnerable including victims and survivors of domestic violence. 
  6. Reverse the cruel Budget cuts. The Abbott government has cut more than $300 million from programs supporting victims. 
  7. Gender equality. We need national leadership to end toxic gender inequality. The federal government should lead action to boost women’s pay, leadership and financial independence and end harmful stereotypes.

The 2014 budget cuts that were locked in by the 2015 budget are making it harder, not easier, for women to escape violence. The current Government are running in the wrong direction on domestic violence, and need to take a U-turn.

Add your voice to our call to take action on domestic violence:

To the Honourable Prime Minister and the Minister for Women:

The petition of the undersigned shows: It is time for real action to address the crisis of domestic violence in this country, and the Senate inquiry into Domestic Violence provides clear recommendations for addressing domestic violence.

Your petitioners ask that the Prime Minister:

Urgently implement the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in full, including reversing cuts to legal services, housing and homelessness services.