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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.


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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Rachael , 2048  /  signed 2016-11-15 11:11:13 +1100
"The epidemic of domestic violence is our great national shame. It is our moral responsibility to provide emergency protection and support for women and children who are its victims and to work to prevent it."
Cindy , 3788  /  signed 2016-11-14 16:52:04 +1100
"Employment security is vital to women fleeing domestic violence. Without this guaranteed leave many women are reliant on taking other offered leave and the goodwill of employers. This precarity can be alleviated by ensuring that paid domestic violence leave is available to all women who may find they desperately need time to find crisis or permanent accommodation, settle children into new schools, attend court, mediation, psychologist, and other specialist appointments. Domestic violence does not end with the gathering up of one’s belongings. There is often a protracted period of vulnerability where paid leave is crucial."
Alice , 3072  /  signed 2016-11-10 12:19:09 +1100
Colleena , 2548  /  signed 2016-11-10 04:55:31 +1100
mark , 2333  /  signed 2016-11-04 15:24:54 +1100
Dawn  /  signed 2016-11-03 13:20:19 +1100
"I work for the peak body for the WA Community Legal Centres. I am fully aware of the funding cliff that will affect many Australian CLCs in the next financial year. These CLCs are essential in assisting families that are experiencing domestic violence. My own mother experienced domestic violence when I was growing up. The lack of services to women back in the 70s resulted in potential homelessness for all 5 of us. We were lucky to have grandparents on hand to help provide us with accommodation. Not every family experiencing domestic violence has this assistance, particularly immigrant families that settle here with no family help at all."
M , 2867  /  signed 2016-10-19 17:18:54 +1100
Bastiaan , 2454  /  signed 2016-10-19 10:53:46 +1100
Matthew , 4151  /  signed 2016-10-19 10:27:43 +1100
Scott , 3429  /  signed 2016-10-19 08:10:18 +1100
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