Dump the divorce tax
The federal government has just increased the standard cost of applying for divorce from $845 to $1,200 -- an increase legal providers fear will be prohibitive for many domestic violence victims – and prevent them from moving on with their lives.1
The Prime Minister says the government is focused on keeping Australians safe – but Australian women are being murdered in family violence incidents every week – and the government still hasn’t committed the funding needed to keep them safe. Instead, they've now introduced a change that will make it even harder for victims.
Sign the petition and help show the Abbott government the public will keep speaking up against changes that make things harder for victims of domestic violence; and calling for urgent action to address the federal funding gap leaving victim's safety at risk.
Post separation and divorce can be incredibly dangerous and stressful times for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence. Our government should be supporting them to recover and move on, instead of putting more barriers in their way.
Every year thousands of domestic violence victims are still being turned away from legal assistance services - the government should be making this funding a priority.
1. Coalition defies Senate to increase cost of applying for a divorce, The Guardian, 14 July 2015.