Women’s Safety Summit proves government still doesn’t understand
As ABC reports, on average, one woman per week is killed by her current or former partner in Australia, and around a quarter of women have experienced at least one incident of intimate partner violence. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 11 times more likely to die of assault and 32 times more likely to be hospitalized for family violence, with higher rates of violence related to intergenerational trauma, colonization and to racism.
It is hoped that the conversations at the summit will inform the next national plan to reduce violence against women and children, after the national plan presented by the Gillard government expires next year. As the House Standing Committee found, the rate of sexual violence is actually increasing ”and more needs to be done. From now on, the government will write a ten-year plan to “end” the violence.
In an interview with ABCSally Stevenson, executive director of Illawarra Women’s Health Center, said she hoped the ideas put forward during the two-day summit would see action taken at the political level. “Through decades of experience, we have learned what is needed. Give us the money, give us the support, let us do our job and we’ll make a difference, ”she told the publication.
“We really need to reframe the way we think about violence against women, we need to understand that it is about men’s violence against women and that it is underpinned by a culture of patriarchy and of toxic masculinity. “
To see the change, those at the top drafted a letter calling on the government to set a target of reducing current rates of domestic and family violence by 80% by 2031. The group wants 20 ” trauma for women ”are put in place to provide“ one-stop ”health and legal services to women traumatized by violence. Other imperatives include safe housing, funding for a leading body of victim-survivor experts to co-design the policy, and conduct a national study to investigate perpetrators’ behavior.