LABOR’S COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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A Foley Labor Government will take a whole-of-Government approach to ending the scourge of violence against women in our community.

Labor’s comprehensive package to tackle domestic violence and sexual assault offers new and practical ideas to end the violence and better support victims.

 

Under Labor’s plan, we will:

 

  • Provide a $14.5 million funding boost to support women’s refuges, counselling services, prevention programs and men’s behavior change programs
  • Establish new specialist courts for domestic violence and sexual assault – to streamline the criminal justice system and provide better support to the victims of these horrendous crimes. Trial courts will be located in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Hunter
  • Establish a new Premier’s Council for Women, to provide expertise into how the NSW Government can best support women, and Labor will restore the Office for Women as an agency within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, returning women’s issues to their rightful place at the heart of government
  • Strengthen penalties for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders, providing additional assurance to victims of domestic violence, deterring perpetrators from breaching AVOs and ensuring those who break the law face tough penalties. Labor will put the establishment of a national register of domestic violence offenders on the COAG agenda
  • Expand access to paid domestic violence leave – doubling the existing entitlement
  • Extend protections under the Anti-Discrimination Act to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

 

Ending violence against women is one of the most important issues facing our society and Labor is determined to making this a priority across government.

 

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Lane Cove – Andrew Zbik:

 

“One woman dies each week as a result of domestic violence in this country – and this issue impacts families in Lane Cove.”

 

“I am proud of Labor’s commitment to prioritising ending violence against women.”

 

“A Foley Labor Government will take a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to put an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.”

 

“Labor will invest in support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, prevention and specialist courts.”

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    • Andrew Zbik
      published this page in Media Releases 2015-03-09 06:20:36 +1100