TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON RISING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Personal Safety Survey, released today, shows startling increases in violence against women.
The proportion of women who experienced sexual violence in 2016 is 50 per cent higher than it was in 2012. That means in 2016 alone, more than 170,000 Australian women experienced sexual violence.
While public awareness of family and domestic violence has improved, greater effort is needed to see a reduction in violence against women and their children.
There has been a 13 per cent increase in the proportion of women experiencing partner violence. In just 2016 alone, 211,700 Australian women experienced violence at the hand of a current or former partner. Rates of partner violence against men are also increasing.
These statistics are a national shame.
More needs to be done to tackle prevention, and ensure people, especially women and children, trying to escape violent relationships get the help they need to leave safely.
Governments must not sit back and let the scourge of family violence rise on their watch.