$100 million to help keep women safe

$100 million to help keep women safe

Office for Women Womens Safety
Thursday, 24 September 2015

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Every woman in Australia has the right to feel safe and live without fear.

Yet, one in six Australian women has experienced violence from a current or former partner, and 63 women have been killed so far this year.

For Indigenous women the situation is even worse – they are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence.

Today the Government announced a $100 million package of practical measures to help keep women safe, deliver better frontline support and services, and provide resources to help parents, teachers and students change young people’s attitudes to violence – into the next generation.  $21 million has been committed to specific measures that will help Indigenous women and communities.

The package responds to the advice of COAG’s Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children – chaired by Ken Lay and deputy-chaired by Rosie Batty and Heather Nancarrow. This is part of the Government’s longer term response to domestic and family violence and the COAG Advisory Panel’s final report, due in early 2016, will advise on what further measures could be introduced.

Read the Media Release

Read about COAG's Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

Australian Government commits to action on domestic violence infographic