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. 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. 

  • Specialist domestic and family violence services aren't resourced to respond to all police referrals, or to meet demand for crisis or outreach. 
  • Community Legal Centres provide critical support to women affected by family violence. Community campaigning has recently forced the Federal Government to reverse the scheduled cuts to this vital service -- but their latest commitment doesn't come close to addressing the fact that these Centres are still forced to turn away more than more than a hundred thousand people a year (including, but not limited to those affected by 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.
  • Men's behaviour change programs - 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 expand programs, or address shocking waiting lists.
  • Primary prevention - work which is needed to address the community attitudes that lead to violence aren't funded to roll out programs at the scale needed.

All these services need to be fully funded if we're going to address the horrific impact of domestic and family violence on our community.

-References-

"This budget is devastating and dangerous for women experiencing family violence", Mamamia, 4 May 2016. 
"Thousands of women in danger" without billions more in funding to tackle domestic violence, advocates say, BuzzFeed News, 19 May 2016.

38,123 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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Ingrid , 2481  /  signed 2018-09-05 10:17:42 +1000
"We often hear people ask “why didn’t she just leave?”
The answer is because she had nowhere safe to go because services are non existent or under funded. Let’s get serious about stopping violence against women and children. Stop the “fake support” and replace it with reliably available support 24/7. ."
Judy , 2132  /  signed 2018-09-05 02:36:12 +1000
"No-one has the right to be abusive to another person (male or female). If a person is suffering abuse from a family member, it is up to government (State and Federal) to provide adequate services to the abused and look into the reasons for the abuse (is it a mental problem which requires medical help, or a criminal offence?) The sooner ‘ethics’ becomes a subject taught in schools, the better."
Tomislava , 2221  /  signed 2018-09-04 17:18:00 +1000
Gillian , 2795  /  signed 2018-09-04 15:20:05 +1000
Georgeanne , 11776  /  signed 2018-09-04 14:59:25 +1000
Kris , 3068  /  signed 2018-09-04 13:03:12 +1000
Peter , 7008  /  signed 2018-09-04 12:48:35 +1000
"Despite lip service to domestic violence, Governments are cutting services to victims, entrapping women in the circumstances they are blame them for not leaving. Too many women and children are being killed by men drawn into toxic male culture. Many, many more women and children become psychologically damaged.. Adequately resource prevention and support services."
Alex , 3145  /  signed 2018-09-04 12:31:54 +1000
"We are all equal, so men’s physical strength used against women is abhorrent."
Rahima , 6111  /  signed 2018-09-04 11:26:55 +1000
"Rahima Richardson survivor"
Mary , 2120  /  signed 2018-09-04 11:13:34 +1000
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