PM pledges $100 million to domestic violence victims


The Prime Minister wants Australia to end the ‘national shame’ of domestic violence.

In his first major announcement since taking office, Mr Turnbull unveiled a $100 million package to help those fleeing abusive relationships.

Gabrielle Baker reports.

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Rosie Batty has worked hard all year on this issue.

Her 11-year-old son was a victim of domestic violence killed by his Father.

Ms Batty says now is the time for action.

Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year: “We have two women a week being murdered, one in three women affected by violence and one in four children.”

Mr Turnbull says, disrespect for women leads to violence and should be seen as un-Australian.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “Violence against women is one the great shames of Australia. It is a national disgrace.”

The Government’s extensive anti-violence measures include funding for CCTV security cameras mobile phones for at-risk families.

There will be improved training for front line services like doctors, nurses and police.

As well, GPS tracking and panic buttons in homes.

Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women: “All women in Australia and their children should be safe at home, should be safe in the streets and should be safe online.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was quick to support the government’s response.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “What sort of nation do we want to present ourselves to other people in the world, where 63 women have been killed, murdered by people who say that they love them. It is unacceptable.”

Gabrielle Baker QUT News.