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National Cabinet announcement continues focus on victims – more must be done to tackle perpetrators

Media Release, 1 May 2024

Today’s announcement of $925 million to establish The Leaving Violence Program continues a policy focus on the victims of gender and domestic violence, rather than the perpetrators.

What National Cabinet has done today is to simply throw more money at a broken system. We need to urgently reset our policy approach and put all measures back on the table to ensure perpetrators are held to account for their actions and kept off our streets.

As a society we need stronger perpetrator accountability for domestic and gender violence. In cases of violence, the burden must be on the perpetrator to leave home, not the victim.

The funding announced today is also a sliver of what is really required to support the frontline services that support women and children fleeing violence. A single payment of $5,000 is simply not enough to support a woman and her children rebuild their lives.

I have been calling for a statewide roll out of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program in NSW – where is the funding for this? Many women in North Sydney are excluded from this program – why is this acceptable?

The new online preventative measures announced by the Prime Minister today are however a good, small step forward in tackling this issue at the source. I support the proposed legislation to ban deepfake pornography and the proposed pilot on age-based online assurance technology.

With women and men taking to our streets to demand action, it’s time for the government to take bold action, and reset our approach to tackling domestic and gender violence. A single virtual meeting followed by a series of platitudes is not going to turn around the national crisis that is domestic and gender violence.

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