A Shorten Labor Government will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to a program which helps women who have experienced domestic violence remain safely in their own home, and commit to a new 10 year plan for reducing violence against women and their children.
Labor will invest $18 million over three years to 2021-22 to ensure that Keeping Women Safe In Their Homes continues, after the Government confirmed it was cutting funding for the program.
This program provides practical help for women and their children in their homes, allowing them to live safely away from perpetrators through:
Expert safety assessments and safety planning;
Home safety upgrades and devices, such as new locks, alarms, cameras and safety phones;
Screening for bugs to ensure privacy; and
Supporting women in enforcing Apprehended Violence Orders.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home. Women should not have to choose between their home and their safety. Neither should their children.
Yet, this is not the case for many women who have left violent or abusive relationships.
Women are more likely to experience violence from a man they know, often in their own home.
Women should be able to end violent and abusive relationships as safely and as quickly as possible – this as an immediate and urgent priority and Labor is determined to match our words with practical measures like this.
A New 10-Year National Plan
Labor also recognises that cultural and structural change is imperative in preventing family violence in the long term.
This magnitude of change can only be brought about by strong and sustained leadership, at all levels.
Labor will ensure that preventing family violence remains in the nation’s focus by developing a new 10-Year National Plan and pushing this important issue on the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) agenda.
A new National Plan will serve as a timely reminder of the complex and pervasive nature of family violence, and that we all have roles and responsibilities in its prevention – federal, state and local; government and non-government; families and communities.
The development of this plan will be guided by a National Plan Advisory Group, replacing the advisory panel axed by the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government.
It will feature and bring together the perspectives and energies of a diverse cross-section of the community – from academics and experts, those working in frontline services, to women with lived experience of domestic violence.
A Labor Government will begin work on a new National Plan with urgency.
Preventing family violence requires strong leadership and genuine commitment – Labor is determined to lead on this.