woman and child

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)

38,256 SIGNATURES SO FAR.

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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Susan , 2579  /  signed 2018-09-20 10:23:36 +1000
"Susan Varga"
Jay , 4068  /  signed 2018-09-07 18:19:10 +1000
"Actually spend the money to make sure that violence against women stops. Completely. Fearlessly."
Jakub , 4170  /  signed 2018-09-07 17:00:50 +1000
Nyanhial , 3350  /  signed 2018-09-06 18:41:20 +1000
"It’s public health and Social justice issue."
Christopher , 4207  /  signed 2018-09-06 17:23:10 +1000
"No Woman should ever suffer abuse."
Adele , 4053  /  signed 2018-09-06 17:22:12 +1000
"Adele Hamilton"
Sandie , 3123  /  signed 2018-09-06 13:12:11 +1000
"Violence is never acceptable… anywhere…..anytime"
Ingrid , 2481  /  signed 2018-09-05 10:17:42 +1000
"We often hear people ask “why didn’t she just leave?”
The answer is because she had nowhere safe to go because services are non existent or under funded. Let’s get serious about stopping violence against women and children. Stop the “fake support” and replace it with reliably available support 24/7. ."
Judy , 2132  /  signed 2018-09-05 02:36:12 +1000
"No-one has the right to be abusive to another person (male or female). If a person is suffering abuse from a family member, it is up to government (State and Federal) to provide adequate services to the abused and look into the reasons for the abuse (is it a mental problem which requires medical help, or a criminal offence?) The sooner ‘ethics’ becomes a subject taught in schools, the better."
Tomi , 2221  /  signed 2018-09-04 17:18:00 +1000
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