Today I visited the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia in my electorate with Acting Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek.
We heard firsthand from Karen Wills, Executive Officer of the organisation, about the challenges both she and her counselling team face.
In Australia one in four women will experience sexual assault or domestic violence at some stage in their adult life.
The most common reason for women aged 24-45 years in this country to be hospitalised is as a result of domestic violence.
This is where the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia step in, providing an absolutely essential service for women in our community.
The organisation makes an overwhelming difference in the lives of women and their children seeking support.
It ensures they are assisted with safety and throughout the recovery process.
I want to recognise the dedication of the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.
Their team works incredibly hard to ensure women across Sydney know their options, and know they can be safe.
While I wish there was no need for an organisation such as this, I want to thank Karen for briefing us today on important services like 1800RESPECT and NSW Rape Crisis.