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No woman should be left without the support she needs 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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Australia is in the midst of a family violence crisis. The statistics are stark. 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. 

  • Community Legal Centres provide critical support to women affected by family violence. But they're forced to turn away over 170,000 people each year, including people experiencing family violence.
  • Family Violence Prevention Legal Services - which provide specialist and culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are also being left without the funding they need to meet demand, and are facing the de-funding of their national voice, the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.
  • Perpetrator intervention services - work with men who use violent and controlling behaviour to prevent and minimise the harm of family violence, but don't have the money they need to work with the number of men using violence, or address shocking waiting lists.

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.

38,241 SIGNATURES SO FAR.

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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Julie , 7054  /  signed 2020-04-10 11:02:15 +1000
"I was on the receiving end of DV in the 1970s. It was soul destroying and left me broken! There were NO services I could turn to then and little has changed in the ensuing 40+ years."
Michele , 2340  /  signed 2020-03-26 15:27:44 +1100
Jade , 2035  /  signed 2020-03-26 11:59:41 +1100
Erin , 3031  /  signed 2020-03-24 16:25:46 +1100
Maria , 5000  /  signed 2020-03-21 23:49:55 +1100
Angela , 3199  /  signed 2020-03-21 17:41:05 +1100
Darci , 4300  /  signed 2020-03-19 12:07:24 +1100
Alix , 6160  /  signed 2020-03-19 10:50:00 +1100
Katie , 8023  /  signed 2020-03-19 10:17:41 +1100
"Because I know what an abusive “home” feels like"
Rachel , 2260  /  signed 2020-03-14 11:25:48 +1100
"Coast Shelter provides crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic and family violence across the Central Coast and we see these issues and systems barriers each and every day

62% of the women , children and young people we supported last year presented due to issue of family violence and family breakdown and we need to make a change"
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