No woman should be left without the support she needs to escape abuse

Most Australian Governments are still leaving women without the service support they need to escape family violence.

Escaping an abuser can be difficult and dangerous - in fact, the time in which a woman tries to escape is a time she's in increased danger. That's why ensuring the services women rely on to get safe is critical.

Every day 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 this problem - but other Australian Governments are still lagging behind. And women are being put in increased 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. 

  • Specialist domestic and family violence services aren't resourced to respond to all police referrals, or to meet demand for crisis or outreach. 
  • Community Legal Centres provide critical support to women affected by family violence. Community campaigning has recently forced the Federal Government to reverse the scheduled cuts to this vital service -- but their latest commitment doesn't come close to addressing the fact that these Centres are still forced to turn away more than 160,000 people a year (including but not limited to those affected by 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.
  • Men's behaviour change programs - 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 expand programs, or address shocking waiting lists.
  • Primary prevention - work which is needed to address the community attitudes that lead to violence aren't funded to roll out programs at the scale needed.

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, counselling services and homelessness services.

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sam , 3068  /  signed 2016-11-23 09:46:27 +1100
fiona , 6210  /  signed 2016-11-16 13:39:38 +1100
Rachael , 2048  /  signed 2016-11-15 11:11:13 +1100
"The epidemic of domestic violence is our great national shame. It is our moral responsibility to provide emergency protection and support for women and children who are its victims and to work to prevent it."
Cindy , 3788  /  signed 2016-11-14 16:52:04 +1100
"Employment security is vital to women fleeing domestic violence. Without this guaranteed leave many women are reliant on taking other offered leave and the goodwill of employers. This precarity can be alleviated by ensuring that paid domestic violence leave is available to all women who may find they desperately need time to find crisis or permanent accommodation, settle children into new schools, attend court, mediation, psychologist, and other specialist appointments. Domestic violence does not end with the gathering up of one’s belongings. There is often a protracted period of vulnerability where paid leave is crucial."
Alice , 3072  /  signed 2016-11-10 12:19:09 +1100
Colleena , 2548  /  signed 2016-11-10 04:55:31 +1100
mark , 2333  /  signed 2016-11-04 15:24:54 +1100
Dawn  /  signed 2016-11-03 13:20:19 +1100
"I work for the peak body for the WA Community Legal Centres. I am fully aware of the funding cliff that will affect many Australian CLCs in the next financial year. These CLCs are essential in assisting families that are experiencing domestic violence. My own mother experienced domestic violence when I was growing up. The lack of services to women back in the 70s resulted in potential homelessness for all 5 of us. We were lucky to have grandparents on hand to help provide us with accommodation. Not every family experiencing domestic violence has this assistance, particularly immigrant families that settle here with no family help at all."
M , 2867  /  signed 2016-10-19 17:18:54 +1100
Bastiaan , 2454  /  signed 2016-10-19 10:53:46 +1100
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