Faith in action
SAFER is a brand new online resource produced to help churches support and prioritise victims of domestic and family violence, and know how to deal with perpetrators.Read more
We've asked our Domestic & Family Violence Team to run us through what the 2016 Budget did & didn't offer for keeping women safe.
The Treasurer has said that this government will ‘afford the things that need to be afforded’. But does keeping women safe fall into that category?
The 2016 Federal Budget allocated $100 million to family violence initiatives, including a budget increase of just $33 million next year.
It is good to see new funding, but $33 million is woefully inadequate to deal with a national epidemic devastating lives and communities. It’s not even a fraction of what the Victorian Government has recognised is needed just in one state (they gave $500 million following their Royal Commission) and when we consider that the budget allocates $30 billion in funding for national security “to keep Australia safe”.
The government previously called family violence a “national emergency” that kills on average one woman in Australia each week, but is now offering funding that is barely a drop in the ocean compared to what frontline services say is needed. Refuges and legal services are set to close down as cuts are made to funding for these programs that help victims flee violence and stay safe.
For more information, see Fair Agenda's Budget Response here.
Join us for 16 DAYS of Prayer against Domestic & Family Violence with Christians from across Australia.Read more
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021, Rachel Neary encourages us to consider the women often forgotten or dismissed in their experience of family and domestic violence.
Brett White from Kingsway Churches reflects on how his church has sought to live the call of International Women’s Day 2021 theme #ChooseToChallenge.
Erica Hamence identifies 10 things that will need to change for Christian communities to be safer places.
Facing the depth of the church’s problem with Domestic & Family Violence isn’t a quick-fix positive story