Action on Domestic Violence Now

Action on Domestic Violence Now

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The community is grieving after another woman Hannah Clarke, and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 were all killed in an horrific domestic homicide committed by ex-partner and father - Rowan Baxter. 

And women and children are terrified. Where so many women and children were already living in fear behind closed doors, they are now all the more fearful, as the reality of the threat of being killed has been brought into sharp relief for them.

One in four women have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence by a partner or ex-partner ...

The community is grieving after another woman Hannah Clarke, and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 were all killed in an horrific domestic homicide committed by ex-partner and father - Rowan Baxter. 

And women and children are terrified. Where so many women and children were already living in fear behind closed doors, they are now all the more fearful, as the reality of the threat of being killed has been brought into sharp relief for them.

One in four women have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence by a partner or ex-partner since the age of 15. NSW Police are called out to over 300 domestic violence incidents every day, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, with 70% of women not reporting the violence they experience to police.

This has to change!

We are writing to you today to ask you to please stand up and be counted as an elected Member of Parliament and prioritise action.

This is not just a matter for one Minister. This is a matter for all of us. For every single community is suffering from the devastating impacts of domestic and family violence.

Experts in the domestic and family violence field are fed up with being consulted as to how to keep people safe only to have our solutions underprioritised and underfunded - leading to the predictable outcome that the violence continues, with life-shattering consequences.

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Action on Domestic Violence Now

The nation is grieving for Hannah 31, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, who were horrifically murdered in a domestic homicide in Brisbane last week.

The system set up to protect and support Hannah and her children failed her, and this is because there are still so many inadequacies in our system response. This comes down to resourcing.

The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of women and ...

The nation is grieving for Hannah 31, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, who were horrifically murdered in a domestic homicide in Brisbane last week.

The system set up to protect and support Hannah and her children failed her, and this is because there are still so many inadequacies in our system response. This comes down to resourcing.

The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of women and children in NSW are living in fear in their own homes and remain trapped without the safety and supports they need to escape and recover.

The experts have been advising governments for decades on how to address the scourge of domestic violence and yet there has never been an adequate investment in these solutions.

It simply hasn’t been a priority.

This needs to change. But it will only change if we as a community make our voices heard.

Tell your local MP it’s time to prioritise action to deal with domestic violence in line with the recommendations of the experts. Tell them you expect real investment so that we can see the changes we need to see to ensure women and children are safe in their own homes and people using violence can access the supports they need to change their behaviour.

Tell them, their number one job is to ensure the safety of their citizens, especially our most vulnerable - women and children being subjected to violence and abuse in their own homes.

No more excuses.

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