Morrison Government pledges $328m in the fight against domestic violence

The media has been awash this morning with the news that the Morrison government has pledged $328 million to combat domestic violence against women.

According to a report from the ABC, much of this funding will go towards safe houses and frontline services.

Together with this financial support, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also stated there will be a launch of a new prevention strategy to target the negative opinions and mind-sets towards women that ultimately lead to physical violence.

According to the ABC, PM Morrison said that, "a culture of disrespect towards women is a precursor to violence, and anyone who doesn't see that is kidding themselves. This is about changing attitudes to violence, and helping those who think violence is an option, to stop."

This is how some of the package will be broken down to assist domestic violence victims:

  • $82 million for frontline services
  • $68 million for prevention strategies
  • $78 million for safe places for family violence sufferers

The statistics are devastating. On average, one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner. Sadly, this funding cannot come too soon to help victims and their families.

Following this announcement, Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer stated that one in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner since the age of 15.

“This figure increases to nearly one in four women when violence by boyfriends, girlfriends and dates is included,” reported her stating.

“The safety of women and children is vitally important. Our government has zero tolerance for violence against women and children.”

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