Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement of a $100million Women’s Safety Package to deliver immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe.
Mr Porter said that the Coalition Government is taking a stand on domestic violence and sending a message to the community that violence against women is unacceptable.
“This Government is taking immediate action because the levels of violent incidents perpetrated against women have shown that we need to be doing more to keep women and their children safe,” he said.
“So far this year, more than 60 women have been killed in domestic violence incidents and one in six women in this country have experienced violence at the hands of a man.
“Having worked as a State Prosecutor for many years, I have witnessed the devastating effects that domestic violence has on the victims, their families, and the broader community.
“This situation is completely unacceptable and that is why the Coalition Government has made addressing this issue a national priority.”
The $100million package will deliver immediate measures to provide a safety net for women and children at high risk of experiencing violence, including $21million for specific measures to help Indigenous women and communities.
“This Government looks forward to working with states and territories to trial innovative technologies to keep women safe, to train more frontline staff to recognise and respond appropriately to women experiencing violence and to provide better resources to help parents, teachers and students,” Mr Porter said.
“We still have a long way to go, but by recognising that the problem exists, taking steps to address the issue, and promoting a vision of Australia that is proud of respecting women – we have sent a strong signal that violence against women must end.”
The Women’s Safety Package responds to the preliminary advice of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children, which was provided to COAG at its special meeting on 23 July 2015.
These measures are part of the Coalition Government’s longer term response to domestic and family violence and are in addition to the $100million investment in the Second Action Plan of the National Plan, and the $30million national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children, jointly funded with the states and territories.