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No one should be left without the support they need to escape abuse

Escaping an family violence abuser can be difficult and dangerous - in fact, the time in which a woman tries to escape is often a time she's in increased danger. That's why it's so important that a woman in need can access the services she needs to be safe.

Every day family violence services aren't fully funded is another day women are left in danger.

The Victorian Government has started making the kinds of investments needed to address the huge family violence problem in our communities - but other Australian Governments are still lagging behind. And women are being left in danger as a result. Can you join the call for all Australian Governments to fully fund family violence services?

*If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, you can call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 support. If you are in immediate danger call 000.

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A recent report shows 81,900 women say they have wanted to escape their current violent partner, but never have. Further 1 in 12 women have indicated they have been forced to return to their abusive partner because they had nowhere else to go. At the same time, the services women need to live free from danger are being under-funded by governments; leaving thousands of women in danger. 

Analysis conducted by Fair Agenda in August 2020 showed:

  • Many specialist women’s and family violence services around the country are so overwhelmed that they have waiting lists of months. 
  • In many states a significant number of women still cannot access safe at home programs when they need them
  • Crisis accommodation services are still beyond their capacity to provide appropriate physical shelter to those fleeing unsafe homes and the specialist staff who are needed to provide the immediate safety management assistance to those facing such significant safety risks.
  • Family Violence Prevention Legal Services still aren’t funded to provide support across all urban, rural and remote areas where their support is needed.
  • Community legal services were not resourced to help everyone reaching out to them before the pandemic.
  • Men’s Behaviour Change programs face average waiting times of almost three months.

All these services, and every part of the prevention, response and recovery system need to be fully funded if we're going to address the horrific impact of domestic and family violence on our community.

(You can read more detailed analysis as it was published in Women's Agenda here)


We call on all Australian governments - federal, state and territory,

to make good on their commitments to address our domestic violence epidemic by committing all funds needed to fully support programs which prevent domestic violence and provide protection and support for those affected.

Including: legal services, crisis support and refuges, outreach services, men's behaviour change programs, emergency accommodation and long-term housing, counseling services and homelessness services.

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Christine , 2761  /  signed 2020-09-25 20:35:33 +1000
"Because these women have gone through so much of pain & suffering & we need to have some empathy for their suffering."
Faith , 2783  /  signed 2020-09-24 22:13:43 +1000
Paula , 2101  /  signed 2020-09-24 11:12:19 +1000
"Because this is a serious human rights issue, and takes us a step closer in recognising the pernicious patriarchal laws we entrench in our treatment of vulnerable women and their families."
Kathy , 2127  /  signed 2020-09-24 10:29:48 +1000
"I’m very concerned about the effect of DV on women and children. Women stay in dangerous situations to avoid poverty and homelessness. As a society we should provide every support to women and children attempting to leave such situations."
Brad , 2526  /  signed 2020-09-24 07:22:33 +1000
"It is unacceptable to force a woman and her children into homelessness in order to escape domestic violence. Access to government benefits is a must! Shame on the Australian Government for their silence on this issue."
Tiffany , 2480  /  signed 2020-09-23 21:09:57 +1000
"Because I’m a Domestic violence surviver and I believe no one should have to live like that or die due to Domestic violence."
Laura , 2204  /  signed 2020-09-23 18:57:11 +1000
Angela , 2489  /  signed 2020-09-23 18:55:32 +1000
Dr Karen , 2485  /  signed 2020-09-23 18:45:32 +1000
"Because the survival and health of 51% of the population and the children is baseline for a civil society. Ours is not."
Michelle , 3284  /  signed 2020-09-23 18:35:12 +1000
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