There is no clearer symbol of continuing gender inequality in our society than the epidemic of violence against women.
The biggest risk factor for being a victim of family violence is being a woman. 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. That’s not good enough; in fact that is a crisis.
That is why Labor will commission a National Crisis Summit within 100 days of coming to government.
A national crisis summit on violence against women is required for the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to agree to urgently implement coordinated judicial and social services reform within their areas of responsibility to better deal with family violence.
A national crisis summit on violence against women is the best way for stakeholders to openly and transparently lay down the key policy challenges for addressing family violence.
Family violence isolates, excludes and traumatises its victims - it disconnects people from community, work, education, friends and family.
In recent years there has been a growth in public awareness and the evidence base for tackling family violence. The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (National Plan) put in place by Labor in office (2010-2022) has driven a range of world leading strategies as well as action by community and for-profit sectors.
Over the past few years, considerable evidence has emerged through the South Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland and the Commonwealth Senate Inquiry – Domestic violence in Australia and further evidence is being gathered in the landmark Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The National Crisis Summit seeks to build on this work with a program for clear action - to prioritise, bring forward innovation and better coordination. And ultimately, to end the ‘postcode lottery’ that results in different outcomes for victims in different locations.
From the Summit, a Federal Labor Government will seek a new deal on coordinated judicial and social services reform to better respond and prevent family violence.
More information about Labor’s positive plan is available here.