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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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Sheridan , 2622  /  signed 2019-08-30 19:23:45 +1000
"I escaped. It was the hardest, most terrifying thing I’ve ever had to do. But I’m alive because I did.
If I can make it easier for others to walk the same path I had to, I will."
Simon , 2779  /  signed 2019-08-30 19:11:41 +1000
Hayley , 2480  /  signed 2019-08-30 18:52:14 +1000
"Because the most dangerous place for a woman to be in this Country is in her own home and the number one responsibility of government is to keep its citizens safe."
Barb , 3550  /  signed 2019-08-30 12:51:40 +1000
"It is vital that these services are fully funded so that women can make a choice to be safe and still have a roof over their heads. They need help with securing their homes and to access appropriate counselling and practical support to assist them with rebuilding their lives and the lives of their children. Services should include and be able to respond to the childrens needs, the mothers needs and if the perpetrator is willing to engage then access to Behaviour Change Programs and interim accommodation."
Liam , 3550  /  signed 2019-08-30 11:18:28 +1000
Julie , 3551  /  signed 2019-08-30 10:26:06 +1000
Nicole , 2037  /  signed 2019-08-06 10:45:31 +1000
"Nicole Smith"
Cassie , 3076  /  signed 2019-07-26 10:03:20 +1000
"Statistically speaking this is going to effect me as an Australian woman. It has already effected me. My father needed help but never got it. My friends have been effected."
Mischelle , 6163  /  signed 2019-07-24 11:38:50 +1000
"This is very important issue to me because I’ve met some of these women first hand as a volunteer at a community legal centre and I was moved when hearing about their experiences."
nikki , 2042  /  signed 2019-07-24 05:24:38 +1000
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