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.
Paula Glassborow reflects on her professional and church experiences working with people experiencing family violence, and calls us to acknowledge what we don’t yet know, and commit to learning more.
Share the Dignity is a fantastic opportunity to contribute in a seemingly small way to make a profound difference to women and mothers staying in shelters and refuges. Read about one Caseworker's experience of care packages
Common Grace supporter Emma Pitman shares how #MeToo calls us to hear, lament, and respond.
Recognising where the Church has failed victims of domestic and family violence is the first step our churches must take in addressing this national problem. But it is not the only step.