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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"Annette Wheaton This matters to me as I live in a town that is number 46 in the state for Domestic violence offences reported. Neaest refuge centre is over 100kl away, this town
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Tanya , 3754  /  signed 2017-06-07 15:00:56 +1000
"I myself am a survivor of domestic violence. My former partner broke in to my home and brutely bashed me with a baseball bat in front of my at the time 7 and a half year old daughter. I nearly lost my life in front of my child. I begged i begged 13 months for help especially from the local police, they failed us. We moved 4 times in the state of Tasmania to try and get away from him and he found us every time which led to the most horrific thing my daughter and i have experiemced. We have now relocated and i would love to get involved to help in any way other women who are experiencing similar things. My daughter and i to this day stilk have had no help would be nice to help others as i no how very hard it is."
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