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Women’s safety services call on leaders to commit to funding at today’s national cabinet meeting

Women’s safety services are calling on the nation’s leaders to commit to ongoing funding relief at today’s National Cabinet meeting as record numbers of women and children experiencing violence reach out for support. Women’s Safety Ministers met this week to discuss the “rot” of domestic violence across Australia and what needs to be done to stamp it out. Ahead…

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Lives will be lost without additional funding, warns Women’s safety services

Hundreds of organisations that support survivors of domestic and family violence are warning lives will be lost if additional funding isn’t provided. Federal, State and Territory Womens’ Safety Ministers are meeting today to discuss how to reduce violence against women and children. They’ll discuss how to reduce the rates violence against women and their children….

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Ministers meet to map out new plan to reduce sexual violence

Later today, Social Services Minister Anne Ruston will meet her state and territory counterparts to map out a new National Plan to End Violence Against Women and their Children. Levels of partner and sexual violence have barely budged since the first plan was introduced over a decade ago with one woman killed every eight days…

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Additional funding essential following ‘worst year on record’ for domestic violence

Domestic violence prevention advocates are urging state and Commonwealth Governments to adequately fund frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services, with record numbers of victims coming forward seeking safety and support. Women’s Safety NSW has today issued an additional plea, with stats showing that the COVID pandemic is seeing frontline workers “slammed” and in urgent…

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Domestic violence services call on federal government for greater funding following ‘record year’

Women’s Safety NSW head Hayley Foster says they are calling on the federal government to provide greater funding for domestic violence following “the worst year we’ve had for domestic violence in this country on record”. “The issue is that demand for services is not letting up, frontline domestic and family violence specialists from right across…

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After the worst year for domestic violence on record, rates aren’t falling

MEDIA RELEASE After the worst year for domestic violence on record, rates aren’t falling. As the NSW and Commonwealth Governments consider their budgets for 2021/22, Women’s Safety NSW is calling for more funding support for frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services noting record numbers of victims are coming forward to seek safety and support….

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After worst year for domestic violence on record, rates aren’t falling

As the NSW and Commonwealth Governments consider their budgets for 2021/22, Women’s Safety NSW is calling for more funding support for frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services noting record numbers of victims are coming forward to seek safety and support. The COVID pandemic was associated with the worst year on record for domestic violence…

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Report due on ‘failings’ for fatal family

Women’s safety advocates hope a report into the murder of teenage Sydney siblings, at the hands of their estranged and abusive father, will amplify the voices of young domestic violence victims. NSW Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan is due to release her findings and recommendations on Wednesday into the deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards in July…

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‘A rot in society’: Ruston proposes ‘much more ambitious’ plan to tackle violence against women

A national blueprint to reduce violence against women will commit funding to “much more ambitious” programs with a sharper focus on prevention amid community demands for stronger measures. The Morrison government is planning to widen the scope of a three-year deal with the states to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new services, naming…

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Tough ask: the women given the job of saving the Morrison government

Late at night in a Parliament House committee room, just hours after reports aired showing photos and videos of sex acts in the nearby offices, Marise Payne was asked if it was an impossible job being the Minister for Women in the Morrison government. No, the cabinet minister replied curtly. ….. Hayley Foster, chief executive…

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