500 Community Workers To Help Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

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Wednesday, 24th November 2021

500 Community Workers To Help Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

Women fleeing violence are being turned away from services because this government has not funded enough workers to help them. Labor will fund an additional 500 community sector and create will create a new Commonwealth Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner. 

Violence against women is at epidemic levels:

  • One woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
  • Violence is the leading preventable cause of death, illness and disability for women aged 15-44.
  • Police are called to a domestic violence incidence every two minutes.
  • Over the past 8 years, Coalition governments have failed to take this seriously.  

Australian women and children are trapped in violent relationships because the Morrison Government has not funded family violence services to give them the help they need to leave and stay safe.

  • Refuges report turning away up to half of the women who come to them for help.
  • Only 1 in 10 women who want to stay home safely have the support to do so.

500 New Community Sector Workers

Leaving a violent relationship is the hardest and most dangerous thing that many people will ever do. We know that having a community sector worker there to help makes all the difference. Right now, women fleeing violence are being turned away because this government has not funded enough workers to help them. 

This is why an Albanese Labor government will fund 500 new community sector workers to support women in crisis. Across the country domestic violence organisations tell us how much more they could do with an extra pair of hands. Labor’s commitment will allow:

Shelters to employ an extra case manager to help women go through the complex task of setting up a new, safer life. 

Community organisations to hire a financial counsellor to help women escape the debt their abuser has run up in their name. 

Specialist women’s services to gain a support worker to help children work through their experiences. 

Half of these jobs will be allocated to rural and regional areas. This will create employment opportunities for people outside our major cities and ensure that no matter where you live you have access to services to build a safer, better life.
 

Commonwealth Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner

An Albanese government will establish a new Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner to act as a strong voice for victim-survivors. The Commissioner will:

  • Work with Commonwealth agencies, States, Territories and community organisations to ensure we have the data we need to invest resources effectively;
  • Help co-ordinate key national frameworks so safety and access to services doesn’t depend on where you live; and
  • Provide accountability and transparency by measuring progress against the National Plan and delivering a yearly report.

Our commitment to women’s safety

These 500 new community workers and the Commissioner builds on Labor’s existing commitments to women’s safety. 

As part of our Housing Australia Future Fund, Labor will invest $100 million in crisis accommodation and build 4,000 homes for women and children fleeing violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness.

Legislate for 10 days paid domestic violence leave. Because no one should have to choose between a job and leaving an abusive relationship. 

Progress a national definition of domestic violence that includes coercive control.

Support justice reinvestment in First Nation’s communities with a $79m investment to reduce incarceration rates, including early intervention to reduce family violence.

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334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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