The Australian Greens proposal for a Senate Inquiry into domestic violence has passed the Senate with tri-partisan support today.
“Sadly one Australian woman a week is murdered as a result of domestic violence. This is a national tragedy and it has to stop,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said
“The inquiry will investigate the prevalence of domestic violence, contributing factors and the adequacy of government responses.
“In particular, the inquiry will look at the prevalence and effect of domestic violence on women living with a disability and women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
“With the input of women’s refuges and victims, we want to find out how the federal government can best work with states, territories and the community to eliminate domestic violence.
“The Second Action Plan under the federal government’s National Plan on Preventing Violence Against Women and their Children is expected to be released soon, but the Greens are concerned it won’t be able to overcome the effect of harsh budget cuts on women, particularly those experiencing domestic violence.
“In particular, the Abbott Government’s budget could trap victims in violent homes, by abolishing the National Rental Affordability Scheme and cutting support for single parents.
“The budget could also make it harder for victims of domestic violence to see a doctor through the GP co-payment, given many do not have control over their own money
“The Australian Greens will block these harmful budget measures and stand up for victims of domestic violence through this inquiry into what more can be done federally to eliminate domestic violence,” Senator Waters said.
The Senate Inquiry will report on 27 October 2014.