• Prime Minister Scott Morrison says violence against women is unthinkable and unacceptable. (AAP)Source: AAP
Key advocates have called for urgent reforms but say that government’s funding boost doesn’t go far enough.
Rachael Hocking

5 Mar 2019 - 4:10 PM  UPDATED 5 Mar 2019 - 4:10 PM

The federal government has pledged $35m to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in family violence situations.

Scott Morrison announced the package as part of a $328 million funding boost for domestic violence prevention programs.

The prime minister said the aim was to eradicate domestic violence, but he could not say when that might happen.

"I look forward to the day when a Prime Minister can stand … and say that a young girl being born today won’t experience this over the course of the first 20 years of their life,” he said.

"It’s not clear to me what day they will be able to say that but I know what we’re doing today takes us closer to that point."

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The federal government will inject $35 million towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The announcement comes after the Labor Party pledged $60 million to families in need and key advocates called for reforms to address the disproportionate rates of family violence experienced by Indigenous women.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 35 times more likely to be hospitalised for family violence than the general population.

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Antoinette Braybrook, head of Australia's peak body for Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS), was not satisfied by the government’s announcement.

"It’s disappointing again – since 2013 - [FVPLSs] have received no core funding increase," she told NITV.

"FVPLSs work mainly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women is happening at epidemic levels nationally in urban, rural and remote areas."

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the $35 million funding boost would come the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and will include intensive family case management in remote areas and areas of high need.

"These measures will also be rolled out in consultation with Indigenous Australians with the establishment of an expert consultative committee involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, experts and service providers," he said in a statement.