woman and child

No one should be left without the support they need 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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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)


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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Judith , 2206  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:40 +1100
"for too long services for family violence have been underfunded. It is imperative that adequate funding and retention of crisis services and development of preventative programs are funded as a high priority and this vulnerable section of the community must not suffer further cuts in funding."
Sarah , 4070  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:36 +1100
"Enough is enough! Women and children deserve full protection from violence and threats of violence."
Ian , 4005  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:34 +1100
"My parents raised me to never, ever hit a woman. This has stood me in good stead for 70 years and I can only feel contempt for any male who is so weak as to do so. I thought Abbott was supposed to be intelligent, but the decision to remove funding for support of the most vulnerable group in our society, battered women, only serves to highlight his lack of understanding or caring."
Avis , 2500  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:26 +1100
"Get your priorities right as “Minister for Women”."
Melanie , 5244  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:22 +1100
"Until such time as Australia has a culture where domestic violence is not normalised, in fact loses the modifier ‘domestic’, we need vital support services to those who have experienced violence, or at risk of exposure. Appropriate investment in these services is financially prudent to avoid other economic costs of people being excluded from the workforce and general community engagement as a result of their experience."
Carol , 3350  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:16 +1100
Win , 3450  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:15 +1100
"I was a victim in Toorak in the 60s. I worked hard for change and justice in the 70&80s. I am distressed and astonished so little has been achieved since then. "
Amelia , 4020  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:13 +1100
"cos, guess what, women and children matter!"
Bernard , 2602  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:19:06 +1100
Harry , 2315  /  signed 2015-02-05 12:18:54 +1100
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