New Government blueprint heralds new era in dealing with Domestic & Family Violence
HOW come, according to figures by the social change campaign, White Ribbon, over 12 months on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence?
If these crimes were reported on the street, we would read them in the news as murder but when they happen in the home they are "domestic violence”.
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.
But it is not just women and children who suffer.
It crosses all strata of society and gender differences. Refugees, LGBTI and Indigenous people require culturally sensitive understanding and there are the little known-about victims: pets.
As anyone working in the area of, or experiencing, domestic violence, will tell you: often the hardest call for help is the first one. Each individual situation is different, and can require specific assistance, but when you are distressed and overwhelmed it can be hard to know which way to turn.
On Track Community Programs (OTCP) is one community organisation in the Northern Rivers which helps people fleeing violence to find safe accommodation linking them to other services which can make getting back "on track” possible for victims.
They have helped the Lismore Echo compile the information on these pages so those in need in our community know where to go for help.
This information coincides with this week's launch of the State Government's Women NSW policy document: NSW Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Blueprint for Reform 2016 - 2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men, and Children.
The blueprint provides the framework that addresses the causes and responds to the symptoms of DFV. It includes strategies to prevent DFV, intervene early, support victims, hold perpetrators to account, and improve the system as a whole.
The NSW Government over the next 12 months will introduce the $20 million DFV Innovation Fund for prevention, intervention and crisis responses for the next four years.
Sarah Walker, manager for (OTCP), said actual people affected by the types scenarios outlined had found safety and support through local services. She urged those at risk to make contact on a confidential basis.
A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home.
Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
One in four children are exposed to domestic violence - a recognised form of child abuse.
The cost to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6billion per annum.