On average, one woman in Australia is killed each week by a current or former partner. Forty per cent of women have experienced workplace harassment, and girls as young as 12 have reported sexual harassment in public.
One in three women experience abuse in their lifetime, while First Nations women, women from culturally diverse backgrounds, women in regional areas, older women, LGBTIQ women, and women with a disability, are even more likely to experience violence.
Governments at all levels must prioritise this issue with funding and leadership, and everyone must drive the cultural change we need to end the epidemic of men’s violence against women in our communities.
16 Days of Activism
As part of the UN Women’s annual 16 Days of Activism campaign, the Greens are once again calling for full funding for the frontline family and domestic violence services.
Frontline services are not just the crisis hotline you call when you’re experiencing violence, they also provide emergency housing, wrap-around support, legal advice, education and prevention, counselling and healing, and long term affordable housing. All essential to ending men’s violence against women and children.
The total federal funding commitment over the next five years is only $2.23 billion, less than half the $5 billion the sector needs to ensure no one who seeks help is turned away.
#16DaysOfActivism starts on 25 November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and finishes on Human Rights Day, 10 December.
All women have the right to live free from harassment, violence and abuse, have agency to make decisions, and have the financial and housing security needed to live a good life.