The Australian Greens welcome the Our Watch Awards for media reporting to end violence against women, announced by Rosie Batty at the National Press Club today.
“Rosie Batty has shown incredible bravery in sharing her story with the media in an effort to help other women and children,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.
“We all have a role to play in ending domestic violence, especially journalists, who can raise awareness with informative reporting, and it’s important to recognise this work.
“As Rosie Batty said at the National Press Club today, as more women reach out for help, with the increasing awareness, we must make sure that help is there.
“The Senate Inquiry into domestic violence has clearly shown that crisis lines, legal centres and refuges do not have the resources to keep up with tragically high demand.
“The Abbott Government has still not reversed all of its cuts to services that women rely on to escape domestic violence.
“To end domestic violence we need funding for crisis lines, legal services, crisis accommodation, and long-term affordable housing and counselling support, as well as for education, prevention and research.
“Rosie was spot on when she said that gender inequality underpins the horrific rates of violence against women.
“We support her calls today for more women in senior political roles and for the Minister to Women to show more leadership on family violence instead of cutting funding,” Senator Waters said
The national sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence contact line is 1800 RESPECT.