White Ribbon response to call from Bill Shorten
White Ribbon Australia welcomes the call from Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a national crisis summit on family violence.
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia said: “Men’s violence against women is a serious social issue in Australia and has been for decades. Now this issue is a more focused spotlight there is a critical opportunity for government and services to better work together to create real social change”.
Ms. Davies also called on governments to increase support for violence prevention: “There is evidence that prevention is working. We have data showing that White Ribbon programs are driving the attitudinal and behavioural change needed to stop men’s violence against women. We hope the Prime Minister engages with Labour’s proposal and additionally commits support for violence prevention work.”
The proposed $73 million interim package will support essential tertiary services working with women. These services, together with the proposed investment in perpetrator mapping, are critical in ensuring women experiencing violence are able to safely leave violent relationships.
As identified by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, COAG is an important forum for domestic and family violence issues. Making this issue a standing item on the COAG agenda will help address important jurisdictional issues relating to perpetrators and women’s safety, however services and prevention action that have been proven to be effective need adequate funding. Despite the bipartisan commitment to the National Plan, many tertiary support services have lost funding.
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