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. 

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


"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.


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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Antonio , 3060  /  signed 2017-05-28 19:21:21 +1000
"I am a victim of a FAKE family violence claim, the wife, an immigrant on a 457 Visa has already abused two times the Family Violence Act, the Magistrate Court and the Immigration Office by claiming Family Violence.
The outcome is a free temporary permanent Visa to stay in Australia automatically granted by the Immigration Office so she can look for other men to cheat."
Kevin , 6004  /  signed 2017-05-22 11:04:06 +1000
"Family violence impacts someone you know. Please support the children and adults harmed in this way."
Cathy , 3056  /  signed 2017-05-19 22:37:09 +1000
"Because I am a survivor of FV and have been a Safe Steps FV advocate for the last 10 years."
Helen , 3032  /  signed 2017-05-10 16:31:39 +1000
"Support services for women and children who are victims of Family Violence is now being recognized by society as an imperative.
The emotional damage created by this violence, be it emotional, physical or financial, has far reaching consequences that has clearly impacted negatively on our social fabric. Too many women are suffering in silence because of a lack of sustained support; providing non-judgmental support is key to a healthy society."
Camille , 3000  /  signed 2017-05-05 23:09:02 +1000
Mark , 2030  /  signed 2017-05-05 10:15:01 +1000
Lorraine , 3160  /  signed 2017-05-04 14:01:34 +1000
"Every person with a conscience needs to understand the importance of this issue in our society. Everyone with a conscience needs to understand the issue."
Helen , 2323  /  signed 2017-05-04 09:44:03 +1000
"No violence is acceptable. If Victoria can see this, why can’t the rest of Australia? What does it say about us as a nation?"
janette , 2250  /  signed 2017-05-03 18:02:11 +1000
"Women fleeing domestic violence needs the community support."
Helen , 2060  /  signed 2017-05-03 17:07:11 +1000
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