Spending on Domestic Violence Doing Little to Protect Those Truly in Need

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Australian governments have chosen not to properly resource life-saving domestic violence services, says a new petition asking that the next federal budget double funding for victims.
The women’s groups demanding this huge funding boost argue women’s lives depend on this protection: “Every day violence services aren’t fully funded is another day women are left in danger.”
No one would quarrel with providing proper support for a frightened woman escaping a dangerous man.
Our federal government spent $3 billion (US$2 billion) over the past decade on the safety plan to protect “women and their children,” with untold billions added from all the fundraising by state governments, community groups, and businesses across the country. People rightly dig deep for this important cause….

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