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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sophie , 2018  /  signed 2018-05-09 10:57:49 +1000
"Specialist services are chronically underfunded and there are more and more Australian’s that need support and to feel safe. This is a glaring omission from the national budget and the fact that Victoria alone investest significantly more, speaks volumes about the importance the Turnball Government places on our crucial frontline services."
Mary , 3182  /  signed 2018-05-09 10:44:07 +1000
Megan , 4224  /  signed 2018-05-09 07:53:24 +1000
"Work in the welfare field , crisis centre turns women n children away on a daily basis – no safe room. I grew up with DV, took 20+yrs for ex husband to stop DV. – 9 yrs of that after I left n moved towns."
Diana , 2517  /  signed 2018-05-09 07:46:37 +1000
Amelia , 2034  /  signed 2018-05-09 00:34:32 +1000
Pam , 6210  /  signed 2018-05-08 21:44:34 +1000
"Because women’s lives matter"
Kellie , 2480  /  signed 2018-05-08 21:32:21 +1000
"Domestic Violence services need to be properly funded to keep women and children safe and perpetrators accountable for the violent behaviours. Domestic Violence needs to be a priority issue for all levels of government."
Tyson , 4214  /  signed 2018-04-22 10:36:54 +1000
"I have seen it all before, sunglasses used to cover black eyes, make up used to cover bruises. I am a male and I despise my own gender for laying hands on a women.
We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our mothers."
Caitlin , 4300  /  signed 2018-04-19 14:47:25 +1000
"Because i believe that all women should be supported throughout difficult times and should not be given the cold shoulder when they are struggling with violence."
Julie , 3129  /  signed 2018-02-28 17:02:34 +1100
"Women need to be safe, and have somewhere to go."
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