A life or death issue

Can you contact the major parties and ask them to commit to support specialist family violence organisations? 

Yes! I can contact them on social media

- On facebook? Use these links to get in touch with the parties: Labor PartyLiberal Party or The Nationals

- On twitter? Use these links to tweet at the National PartyLiberal Party or Labor party.

Not sure what to write?

Any message that’s genuine will be powerful, but here are some pointers to help you put together a message:

  • Is addressing or stopping domestic violence the issue deciding your vote this election? If so, be sure to let them know.
  • Are you thinking of voting for this party at the election, or have you voted for them in the past? It can be useful to mention this in your post.
  • Both of the major parties have said that domestic violence is an issue they’re committed to this election. It’s a great start – but experts say increased funding for the women-focused specialist organisations is needed to help save lives – and we’re yet to hear where they stand.
  • Ask them if they’ll commit the extra funding the No More Deaths Alliance says is needed to support specialist women’s and children’s organisations to meet rising demand.

I don't have social media - but I can send them a personal email

You can contact the parties via:

- Labor Party - info@vic.alp.org.au

- Liberal Party - libs@vic.liberal.org.au

- National Party - http://vic.nationals.org.au/contact

Not sure what to write?

Any message that’s genuine will be powerful, but here are some pointers to help you put together a message:

  • Will domestic violence policy be deciding your vote this election? If so, be sure to let them know.
  • Are you thinking of voting for this party at the election, or have you voted for them in the past? It can be useful to mention this in your post.
  • Both of the major parties have said that domestic violence is an issue they’re committed to this election. It’s a great start – but experts say increased funding for the women-focused specialist organisations is needed to help save lives – and we’re yet to hear where they stand.
  • Ask them if they’ll commit the extra funding the No More Deaths Alliance says is needed to support specialist women’s and children’s organisations to meet rising demand.

For those affected by family violence, access to specialised women’s and children’s services can make a huge difference -- sometimes it can mean the difference between life and death.

Domestic violence experts from across Victoria are calling on all parties standing at this month's election to guarantee that specialist organisations will receive the funding they need to meet rising demand; and to support the hundreds of thousands of Victorians affected by domestic violence every year. But neither of the major parties has made that commitment yet. 

About specialist organisations

Specialist organisations – including 24/7 crisis services, women’s refuges, legal services and family violence outreach programs – hold decades of experience and specialized knowledge that provides critical support to at risk women and children trying to navigate the complex and confusing justice, housing and welfare systems, and begin the long haul of rebuilding their lives.

These specialist organisations provide a vital service that general community organisations can't provide. Recently, in other states and countries there have been moves to shift funding and support for family violence services away from these specialist groups, towards general community organisations. We need to make sure the same doesn't happen here. 

Authorised by Renee Carr, Level 1, 160 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000