The Australian Greens acknowledge May as Domestic Violence Prevention Month and are calling on the Abbott Government to shield domestic and family violence victims from harsh cuts in the upcoming budget.
"Following the Commission of Audit's recommendations to further reduce single parent payments and for the federal government to do less on affordable housing, the budget papers will reveal where this Government really stands on tackling domestic violence in our community," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
"The statistics speak for themselves with one in five women having experienced physical violence by a partner since the age of 15, and an estimated 25 per cent having experienced emotional abuse - domestic violence needs action now.
"The Greens are calling on the Government to further support women's shelters and to urgently commit to fixing the national housing affordability crisis.
"With a gap of more than 500,000 affordable and available rental properties in Australia right now, and no plans from the government to fill this gap, we are leaving women and children few options but to risk staying in abusive households.
"The Greens are launching a social media campaign for May, domestic violence prevention month, encouraging women who have experienced domestic and family violence to anonymously share their stories so together we can help raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our society," Senator Waters said.