POSITIVE POLICY

Frontline Funds for Family Violence

We have a responsibility to ensure women have somewhere safe to go if they’re being abused – whether that is their own home, or somewhere else. 

The nightmare of family violence is a reality for far too many Australian women. No-one should have to face this ordeal on their own.

The latest research shows:

  • 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15;
  • 17 per cent of Australian women have experienced violence by a current or previous partner in their lifetime; and
  • 20 per cent of Australian women who have experienced current partner violence reported it to police. (ANROWS; Personal Safety Survey, ABS 2012)

Labor will deliver more than $70 million over three years in targeted funding to ensure those suffering from family violence can access critical services when they need them.

Labor will commit almost $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, to ensure women suffering from family violence get legal support. The aim of this is to ensure, at least, that women facing court have access to appropriate legal services. 

We will also make an initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home.

In addition, Labor will invest $8 million in perpetrator mapping to look at the interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems to help identify opportunities to prevent violence through information sharing. 

Labor’s plan has been developed in consultation with experts, academics and advocates like Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

More information about Labor’s positive plan is available here