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Abbott Government needs to take domestic violence seriously

Media Release
Larissa Waters 6 Jul 2015

The Abbott Government must take note of the Essential Research poll released today showing 74 per cent of Australians believe domestic violence is as or more threatening than terrorism.

"While the community is taking domestic violence seriously, the Abbott Government has still failed to reverse its cuts to domestic violence services," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"As our brave Australian of the Year Rosie Batty is saying, we're spending hundreds of millions on terrorism but women are being turned away from domestic violence services.

"Far too many women are facing the heartbreaking decision of homelessness or violence, which is all the more impossible to make for mothers.

"The Abbott Government's 2015 budget locked in cuts in funding for homelessness, new shelters, legal assistance and Department of Social Services grants.

"With reports over the weekend that 90 per cent of New South Wales' women's refuges are full, the desperate need for funding to save women's lives is abundantly clear and must not continue to go ignored," Senator Waters said. 


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