The Australian Greens are calling for the Abbott Government to match its rhetoric on domestic violence with the reversal of its funding cuts to services women rely on to escape violence.
"While we welcome the government's announcement today of $30 million for a national awareness raising campaign, what women urgently need is for the government to reverse its funding cuts," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
"Importantly, the Abbott Government needs to reverse its $43 million funding cut to community legal centres, including Indigenous legal services.
"The upcoming budget must also reinstate the National Rental Affordability Scheme because too many women are facing the impossible decision of homelessness or violence.
"The Abbott Government has cut funding for homelessness peak bodies and $44 million from National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness meant to build crisis accommodation, including for women escaping violence.
"On top of this, the government is shrouding the rest of the homelessness agreement's funding in uncertainty by cutting the funding periods from four years to one year.
"The funding uncertainty is preventing organisations that help women find safe affordable accommodation from retaining staff and expanding their work.
"It's inexcusable for the Abbott Government, which appears to be genuinely aware of the domestic violence crisis, to be cutting funding form key services women need to escape violence - housing and legal support," Senator Waters said.