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

For someone trying to escape abuse, access to family violence services can make all the difference. But right now life-saving family violence services are desperately underfunded. 

And 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 improve the safety of victim-survivors - but other Australian Governments are still lagging behind. 

The Fair Agenda community is working alongside survivor advocates and other experts to hold governments accountable to making the investment that’s needed to help victim-survivors access safety. Will you join the campaign?

*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)

38,290 HAVE SIGNED ON SO FAR.

Join the campaign and show your support for governments to fully fund the services victim-survivors rely on to be safe:

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Edwina , 2026  /  signed 2020-12-18 02:19:09 +1100
"Failing to fully fund services for victims of domestic abuse is almost criminal neglect.
It shouldn’t be left to charities to try and fill the gaps and provide protection and support.
The Australian public wants women and children to be safe from abuse and the government needs to make protecting all citizens a budgetary priority."
Josie , 3198  /  signed 2020-12-06 19:45:45 +1100
"Enough is enough, Australia! No more defunding and underfunding of DV services. It is not acceptable in 2020 that agencies are so underfunded. I don’t want to see my friends battling any more through the currently (massively) under-resourced family violence support services. Refuges are full and funding for hotels is limited. Counselling is almost impossible to receive for free, even on a mental health plan, because services are at capacity. Social Housing is a 15 year wait for some. Staff are turning away women pleading for help. This must stop."
marcia , 2576  /  signed 2020-12-04 15:44:24 +1100
"family violence is inter general in my lived experience. breaking this toxic world is why support which leads to indepence and empowerment is of benifit both to individuals and society. marcia"
Stephanie , 3037  /  signed 2020-12-02 18:57:43 +1100
Michelle , 3284  /  signed 2020-12-02 09:47:24 +1100
Genevieve , 4223  /  signed 2020-12-01 12:33:52 +1100
"Women having the option of a safe way to leave a violent relationship is fundamental to the future of our society. Without this more mental illness will occur in children who grow up in violent households and our future males will see domestic violence occur and think it’s a normal way to treat women. We need to stop this cycle which means more funding and better access to dv services."
Laura , 7000  /  signed 2020-12-01 10:30:52 +1100
Kate , 3156  /  signed 2020-11-26 10:36:01 +1100
"I work with men who are abusive and I’ve worked with women and children who have suffered from this abusive. The impacts are huge and continue through generations and have ongoing effects in society. Our country can do better. We can be a better place so everyone can flourish."
Cesar , 97719  /  signed 2020-11-24 21:06:40 +1100
"it is a human right not to be abused."
Stacey , 3054  /  signed 2020-11-23 14:13:53 +1100
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