woman and child

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.

More information

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)


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

* required fields

Latest activity

Vera , 2234  /  signed 2019-05-02 10:22:44 +1000
Yasmin , 4102  /  signed 2019-04-26 13:11:33 +1000
Isabella , 4170  /  signed 2019-04-25 17:40:46 +1000
Christina , 2226  /  signed 2019-04-25 17:33:01 +1000
Miranda , 3122  /  signed 2019-03-03 10:03:09 +1100
Rozelle , 4035  /  signed 2019-02-28 13:57:59 +1100
Heather , 70353  /  signed 2019-02-26 09:31:48 +1100
"This is such an important issue within Australia and women need the full support and safety of our community, society and Government. Funding is desperately needed to keep all women in any circumstances safe."
Kristy , 6109  /  signed 2019-02-22 18:19:39 +1100
"Family violence is at epidemic levels in Australia. Victims have very little support due to meagre funding, leaving them at risk and dying."
Karen , 4106  /  signed 2019-02-20 14:17:03 +1100
"Personal history within family. This continues generation after generation – society needs support and education."
Lucinda , 4207  /  signed 2019-02-19 17:45:06 +1100
"The cycle of abuse will continue if women and children do not have the capacity to escape. This is a social issue and it requires social solutions"
← Previous  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11    207  208  Next →