The Australian Greens welcome the news that the Second Action Plan to stop domestic violence will be released today but are concerned it cannot overcome the harm the Abbott Government’s budget cuts will inflict on victims of domestic violence.
“The Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry, supported in the Senate yesterday, will assess the effectiveness of the Second Action Plan and the impact of the budget cuts on victims of domestic violence,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
“Often victims do not have control over their own money so the Abbott Government’s budget could trap women in violent relationships but cutting support for single parents and women’s legal services.
“The GP co-payment could mean women will not be able to see a doctor without their abusive partner knowing.
“The Greens will block these harmful budget measures, which are completely insensitive to the needs of domestic violence victims.
“While we welcome the news that the Second Action Plan will work to recognise domestic violence orders across state boundaries and to protect women who come to Australia on spousal visas, we remain concerned about the impacts of the budget cuts.
“The Abbott Government’s abolition of the National Rental Affordability Scheme will force women back into violent homes and increase the pressure on already under-funded women’s shelters.
“The Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry will give the sector and victims an opportunity to share their feedback on the Second Action Plan and the budget cuts,” Senator Waters said.
The Senate Inquiry will report on 27 October 2014.