Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all Australians to reaffirm our commitment to put a stop to all forms of violence against women and their children.
“All women and children have the right to be safe at home, safe on the streets and safe online,” Minister Cash said.
“Bringing violence against women out from behind closed doors and into the spotlight is something we can all be proud of, but we all must take responsibility and take action to end violence against women.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, three in ten Australian women will experience physical violence in their adult life, one in five will experience sexual violence, and about one in four will experience violence from an intimate partner.
Of the women who have reported experiencing violence, more than half had children in their care while this violence occurred.
Minister Cash said addressing domestic violence has been at the forefront of the Coalition’s agenda since being elected in 2013.
“We have made significant progress in addressing the issue, but we acknowledge there is still more to be done,” Minister Cash said.
“In just 18 months, our 12 Specialist Domestic Violence Units have supported more than 2,800 women, and helped refer more than 7,600 women to legal and social services. Around 3,800 frontline workers have participated in eSafety workshops, and more than 2,000 others have completed DV-alert training.”
“We are also amending the Family Law Act to ban direct cross-examination in family violence matters, and we’ve asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the family law system.”
“We are continuing our roll-out of 20,000 smart phones for women in need of a safe connection. We are also continuing to see high usage of the eSafety Women website, which has had more than 160,000 page views since its launch in April last year and is cracking down on image-based abuse.”
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au