Labor commits $88 million to provide safe houses for domestic violence victims
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced $88 million for safe houses to protect women and children fleeing domestic violence, as part of a suite of policies aimed at tackling women’s issues.
The funding, which will be invested over two years, builds on Labor’s 2015 promise to invest $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay in their own home as reported by ABC News.
“One undeniable fact of family violence is that women are not safe in their own homes,” Mr Shorten said.
“So we’ll be proposing innovative programs which see the perpetrator have to move on rather than the survivor and the victim have to move on, and we’ll also be looking at how we provide options for women and children to be able to be in secure, safe accommodation.
“It’s one of the reasons why we are supporting domestic violence leave.
“If we want to make sure that the survivors are not doubly injured in the process of family violence, we have to make sure that the safety net is there.
“Legal services, accommodation, support in the workplace, and a Government that understands that.
“Whilst in the long term we’ve got to change attitudes, in the short term, there’s a crisis right here and now.”
Mr Shorten also announced new commitments aimed at eliminating the gender pay gap.
He said a Labor government would ensure 50 per cent of places on Australian government boards were filled by women in their first term.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull again called into question the Opposition’s economic credentials, after Labor announced the safe houses funding.
Mr Turnbull said the Coalition’s economic plan would put substantial resources into protecting those who experience domestic violence.
“We have put substantial additional resources into protecting women who have been the subject of violence. Domestic violence especially,” Mr Turnbull said.
“All of us as parents, have an obligation to ensure that our sons respect their mothers and their sisters as well as the women in our lives.
“If we bring our boys up to respect the women in their lives, that is an enormous step in ensuring that we eliminate all violence against women.” To read more click here.
The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.
With an improved focus and awareness on the effect of Domestic and Family Violence within Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is providing a national unified platform to discuss the strain of Domestic Violence on Australian resources and facilities. Registrations are now open. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.
With a focus on building skills within the sector, the conference will include discussion and presentations around policy, research and practice with a particular emphasis on innovative and emerging responses.
Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE.
Research has demonstrated that domestic violence is a global issue of epidemic proportions (WHO, 2013) and affects all cultures, ages, genders and socio-economic groups. Domestic violence does not discriminate.