It's a Woman's Enoverse
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- Published on Monday, 28 September 2015 09:19
- Written by Jennifer Wilson
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The Turnbull government’s announcement last week of $100 million worth of funding to address domestic violence is better than silence, and goes to some small way towards acknowledging the enormous problem this country has with male violence against women.
But what it does not do, and for this appalling omission the government should be unrelentingly and loudly pilloried, is fund the urgent immediate need for frontline services such as refuges and community legal centres, both of which are a woman’s first stop when she’s forced to flee a dangerous domestic situation.
What this says to me is that safe, secure, un-threatened people such as politicians have absolutely no idea what it is like to be in a situation of such extreme danger that you have to flee, or risk injury or death to yourself and your children by staying.
And flee to where, exactly?
Not only do these fortunate politicians have no idea what this situation feels like, they apparently don’t care. Neither do have they the imagination to picture such a scene, and how they might feel in it.
Legal services are outraged at Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s apparent spin on funding cuts that will directly affect women suffering domestic violence, and will see the centres in dire financial straits by 2017.