Domestic violence 'a national disgrace': PM

Domestic violence 'a national disgrace': PM

The Prime Minister has unveiled a $100 million package to address domestic violence.

Sixty-three women have been killed by their partners or a family member so far this year.

 

Malcolm Turnbull says it is a national disgrace.

 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared violence against women one of the nation's great shames, and called for a cultural shift.

 

"Disrespecting women is unacceptable. It is unacceptable at every level. At the home. At the workplace. Wherever. Lets make it our resolution that Australia will be known as a nation, as a people, as a society that respects women."

 

The federal government has announced a $100 million domestic violence package aimed at keeping women and children safe.

 

The money will help establish domestic violence units to provide access at a single location to coordinated legal, social work and cultural services for women.

 

Hospital staff will be trained to recognise signs of trauma.

 

Extra money will be given to the 1800 RESPECT helpline and counselling service.

 

There's funding to extend a community engagement police officers program in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, and for measures that reduce reoffending by Indigenous perpetrators in Queensland.

 

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash says there will also be a trial of GPS trackers.

 

"A number of states already utilise GPS tracking for high-risk sex offenders. We do not see any reason why this GPS tracking technology cannot be used by those people who are going to basically end up, if we're not careful, killing a woman."

 

There's funding to provide 20,000 mobile phones with pre-paid credit via domestic violence services.

 

Former Victoria police chief commissioner Ken Lay is on the government's domestic violence taskforce.

 

He says for too long women have been terrorised and hurt by men using technology, and there's now the opportunity to use it to make them safer.

 

While saying the domestic violence package marks a great step forward, he cautions there is still much to do.

 

"I don't think any of us will be surprised that in the next, whether it's in the next day, the next two days, or the next week we will see another example of a women losing her life as a result of family violence."

In New South Wales alone in the last three days, three women and one baby have been killed in what police believe to be incidents of domestic violence.

 

Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has welcomed the move.

 

She says the government is finally leading on the issue by acting rather than simply pushing for more research.

 

"I'm really very emotional. I've worked really hard this year. I've spoken at over 250 events and reached over 50,000 people trying to get this message across about how serious family violence is in our society."

 

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