Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull announced 70 million US dollar package to fight domestic violence

Sep 25, 2015 15:04 IST

The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull on 24 September 2015 announced a package of 70 million US dollar to tackle rising domestic violence in the country and declared violence against women as a national disgrace.

Key Features of the Package

• 36.5 million Australian dollars will be spent on expanding domestic violence alert training for the police, social workers, emergency personnel and health staff over three years.

• 20000 cell phones will be distributed among women to escape ongoing abuse.

• The Government will put in place GPS tracking technology which will help in monitoring abusers.

• 1.6 million US dollars will be invested on training hospital staff on assisting survivors.

• Domestic violence units will be created within existing legal aid centres, which would situate lawyers, cultural liaisons and social workers.

In Australia, one in six people have experienced violence from a current or former partner and reportedly, 63 women have lost their lives so far in 2015 due to domestic violence.

Violence against Women in Australia: Statistics

A research conducted by the 2012 ABS Personal Safety Survey and Australian Institute of Criminology unveiled substantial levels of violence against women in the continent.

• 36% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence from someone they knew.

• 15% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence from an ex-partner (the most likely type of known perpetrator for a female victim).

• For 62% of the women who had experienced physical assault by a male perpetrator, the most recent incident was in their home.

• 73% had experienced more than one incident of violence.

• 61% had children in their care when the violence occurred including 48% who stated the children had seen and heard the violence.

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