Who: Malcolm Turnbull
What: Announced 70 million US dollar package
When: 24 September 2015
Why: To fight domestic violence
The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull on 24 September 2015 announced a package of 70 million US dollar to tackle rising domestic violence in the country and declared violence against women as a national disgrace.
Key Features of the Package
• 36.5 million Australian dollars will be spent on expanding domestic violence alert training for the police, social workers, emergency personnel and health staff over three years.
• 20000 cell phones will be distributed among women to escape ongoing abuse.
• The Government will put in place GPS tracking technology which will help in monitoring abusers.
• 1.6 million US dollars will be invested on training hospital staff on assisting survivors.
• Domestic violence units will be created within existing legal aid centres, which would situate lawyers, cultural liaisons and social workers.
In Australia, one in six people have experienced violence from a current or former partner and reportedly, 63 women have lost their lives so far in 2015 due to domestic violence.
Violence against Women in Australia: Statistics
A research conducted by the 2012 ABS Personal Safety Survey and Australian Institute of Criminology unveiled substantial levels of violence against women in the continent.
• 36% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence from someone they knew.
• 15% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence from an ex-partner (the most likely type of known perpetrator for a female victim).
• For 62% of the women who had experienced physical assault by a male perpetrator, the most recent incident was in their home.
• 73% had experienced more than one incident of violence.
• 61% had children in their care when the violence occurred including 48% who stated the children had seen and heard the violence.