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Will your vote count for women’s safety?

Hannah Clarke and her three children could still be alive if domestic family violence (DFV) protection orders worked, if Australia had an effective national action plan backed with integrated resources to prevent, reduce and eradicate violence against women; and a plan that has targets to reduce DFV. We don’t. We lag behind countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa that have established national prevention plans and introduced specialist police stations designed specially to respond to the victims/survivors of gender violence. The result is that women’s safety has not improved in Australia over the last 3 decades.

Age-standardised rate of hospitalisation for women assaulted by a partner 2002-2003 to 2016-2017, AIHW, 2019
Female victims of family and domestic violence-related assaults, Australia, 2014–2019, ABS 2020
Homicide rate per 100,000 people by classification, Australia, 1989-90 to 2017-2018Australian Institute of Criminology: Homicide Data Base 2020

The domestic homicide rate in Australia has remained static or declined little since 1990. Meanwhile other types of homicide have reduced dramatically. Domestic violence accounts for a third of all homicides in Australia today. The number of women reporting DFV is increasing, as are the rates of women hospitalised for domestic assault. This is a national crisis. Though not enough to garner much interest in current electoral debates.

Make your vote count for women’s safety by putting the LNP patriarchs in power in Canberra last.

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I’m a research consultant expert in preventing & policing gender family violence with 3 decades experience.

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