Domestic violence helpline launched in Australia

The federal Government will provide an additional $41.5 million to tackle domestic violence, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced last week.

“The Government’s position on violence against women is zero tolerance,” Mr Rudd said. “Laws must be strong enough to hold perpetrators to account and offer justice and safety for victims and their families.

“We must also educate young people to prevent violence in future generations.”

Research commissioned for Time for Action report on ways of tackling domestic violence by KPMG released today says violence against women will cost the Australian economy around $13.6 billion this year, rising to $15.6 billion in 2021/22 if appropriate action is not taken.

The government will immediately invest $12.5 million in a new 24 hour, seven day national telephone and online crisis service. The new service will be run by professional staff and make active referrals to follow-up services.

The government will also spend $26 million for primary prevention activities, including $9 million on respectful relationships programs for school students and $17 million for a public information campaign focused on changing attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence.

$3 million will go towards research on perpetrator treatment and nationally consistent laws.

The government will also request the Australian Law Reform Commission to work with State and Territory law reform commissions to examine the consistency of laws covering the safety of women and their children and establish a violence against women advisory group.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25403246-2702,00.html



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