This afternoon Minister Ruston announced a national women’s safety summit for July, and a national online survey for any member of the public to ‘have your say’ to help “develop a strategy for reducing and preventing family, domestic and sexual violence”…
The Morrison Govt's survey is horrifying & harmful.

The Qs all members of the public are invited to respond to include: what they consider the major issues for victim-survivors, what useful responses they have seen in prevention, & their priorities for the national strategy...
Everyone is invited to rate whether or not it’s relevant that “services meet the needs of people experiencing family, domestic and sexual violence", whether "Indigenous communities are empowered to strengthen their own responses to family, domestic and sexual violence"...
It asks: whether it's relevant to ‘understand[...] individual experiences of violence across diverse groups and individuals’, and that ‘perpetrators are held to account’.

We don’t need a straw poll on whether or not survivors get the best quality support. We need leadership.
The Government are asking everyone to rate the most important things needed by a victim-survivor who is likely dealing with patterns of abuse and complex trauma - including whether or not it’s relevant they have safe housing...
The Govt are asking people to rate whether/how relevant it is a ‘response from authorities which is compassionate, informed and does not cause additional trauma’, and the relevance of specialist trauma-informed counselling. It’s staggering.
Experts have laid out actions that are required in this moment. There is a clear pathway to a safer future for all of us.

What’s lacking is the commitment to delivering it. Women and survivors can’t wait for yet another meeting.
We need meaningful, systemic change now - and that must include action on: prevention, proper resourcing of services and accountability mechanisms, law reform and action to address workplace sexual harassment.

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29 Mar 20
The Morrison Government has today announced $150 million to boost programs to combat domestic violence - including counseling, 1800 RESPECT, Mensline and a new communications campaign to ensure people know where they can seek help. 1/
Extra investment is desperately needed to increase the capacity of specialist services to support women's safety at this time - so this funding boost is a positive development.

BUT today's announcement is nowhere near what's needed. 2/
Experts have already told the Morrison government that even *just* for safe at home programs, $180 million is needed to meet demand.


Today's commitment appears to be $150 million spread across at least 6 different service areas. 3/
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