Write a letter to the editor of your state paper about family violence
Both major parties want us to think they're addressing Australia's family violence crisis. But they're not.
The election promise so far from both Labor and the Coalition fall woefully short of the $4 billion needed to fund family violence services, and keep families and women safe.
That's why it's critical we keep the issue on the media agenda. Can you take 5 minutes to write a letter to the editor of your state newspaper, to make sure they know their readers want to see family violence funding stay on the agenda?
Click on the steps below to find out how:
Step 1. Find the 'letter to the editor' details for your state paper
In South Australia:
- Use this form to submit a letter to the Daily Telegraph
- Click here for information on how to get your letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Click here to submit a letter to editor of the Herald Sun
- Use this form to submit a letter to the editor of The Age
In Western Australia:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for The West Australian
- Email email@example.com for The Canberra Times
In the Northern Territory:
Want to contact a paper not on our list? You should be able to find the contact information for your area's newspaper by simply googling 'send a letter to the editor' and the name of the paper.
2. Write your letter
Usually, three or four sentences will be the right length for your letter.
Mentioning your personal connection or interest in the issue is key - maybe you know someone who has relied on family violence services, or are concerned that vulnerable families are protected? Be sure to include this -- it's what is needed to get a letter published.
Then you might want to mention one key piece of information about the funding situation. Here are some examples:
- Thousands of women are being left without access to the services they need to escape their abuser.
- The Victorian Government recently announced $572 million just to deal with service and system gaps in just one state.
- Services are calling for the Federal Government to match Victoria's scale of per capita investment - that would be $4 billion from the federal government
- Women will often need legal advice and assistance to escape an abuser - but right now Community Legal Centres are being forced to turn away 160,000 people a year, including women affected by violence.
And remember - even if it's not your letter that gets picked to be published, the number of letters on this issue will tell the newspapers' editors that this is something that matters to readers - and may prompt further reporting on family violence. So every letter helps make sure family violence is on their radar!
Step 3. Email us to let us know when you've sent your letter!
Finally, please send the team a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know where you've sent your letter (or better still, cc us in to your email), so we can keep an eye on your state paper, and collect all the letters published!