THE Australian Government is taking immediate action to reduce violence against women and their children, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.
Today, the Prime Minister announced a $100 million Women’s Safety Package to deliver immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe.
Mr Entsch said the Australian Government was taking a strong stand on domestic violence.
“We are acting today because the recent spike of violent incidents against women has shown we need to be doing more to keep women and their children safe,” Mr Entsch said.
“So far this year, more than 60 women have been killed in domestic violence incidents. One in every six women in this country has experienced violence at the hands of a man.
“This situation is completely unacceptable and that is why governments across Australia have made addressing this issue a national priority.”
This package will deliver immediate measures to support women and their children.
“We look 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 Entsch said.
The package includes $21 million for specific measures to help Indigenous women and communities.
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 ? chaired by Ken Lay and deputy chaired by Rosie Batty and Heather Nancarrow ? which was provided to COAG at its special meeting on 23 July 2015.
Mr Entsch said he encouraged everyone in the Far North to say, “Enough is enough”.
“Women and children must be safe in their homes and together we need to make Australia a place where women and children feel safe. We must aspire to building a community that sees zero violence against women.”