Federal Family Violence Commitment A Welcome First Step

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women Fiona Richardson has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s commitment to addressing family violence and gender inequality- the key driver of violence against women.

Today’s package of measures is aimed at women’s safety and reducing negative attitudes that lead to violence against women.

This is a welcome first step by the Commonwealth Government in addressing this national shame.

The Andrews Labor Government has been a leader in addressing family violence and gender inequality through the establishment of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and the appointment of the first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence.

The Labor Government has also announced it will introduce Prep to Year 10 respectful relationships education into the Victorian curriculum from next year and given a commitment that between now and November 2018, at least 50 per cent of all future appointments to paid government boards and Victorian courts will be women.

The Victorian Labor Government looks forward to working with the Turnbull Government to address gender inequality and the family violence crisis.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson

“With 63 women already having lost their lives in Australia so far this year to violence, it is clear we have a national emergency on our hands.”

“This initial investment from the Turnbull Government  is an encouraging sign and I hope it is just the beginning of more reform to come.”

“The Andrews Labor Government looks forward to working with the Commonwealth, along with other states and territories, to address this terrible harm.”

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