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Family violence cross-examination changes

Nick McKim 28 Jun 2018

The Greens welcome legislation to restrict the circumstances in which family violence survivors can be cross-examined in family law proceedings.

Greens Spokesperson for Women Janet Rice said: “This legislation is a step in the right direction to lessen the trauma of survivors as they go through the court process.”

“Court processes are traumatic and stressful enough as it is, without forcing survivors to face the perpetrator of their abuse in court.”

Greens Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim said: “We welcome the tabling of this legislation.”

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Surging demand for domestic violence legal services: Turnbull must reverse Abbott-era cut, boost funding by $200 million

Richard Di Natale 31 Mar 2016

With a report released today showing increased demand for domestic violence legal services in Queensland, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its funding cut to community legal centres and boost long term funding.

At the Women's Legal Service in Brisbane today, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said Tony Abbott's 30 per cent cut to community legal centres due in 2017, must be abandoned in the May federal budget.

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Horrifying new domestic violence statistics must prompt government action

Larissa Waters 22 Oct 2015

Reporting of a study by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety into domestic violence confirms its appalling extent and the need for funding.

"This comprehensive study provides a horrific insight into the awful extent of domestic violence in our country," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"It finds that one in four women have gone through violence inflicted by a partner or former partner, including boyfriends or dates.

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Greens call for domestic violence funding on launch of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body

Larissa Waters 1 Oct 2015

The Greens are calling for funding gaps for domestic violence front-line services to be filled and for action on long-term affordable housing, as the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body is launched today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, who is attending the launch at Qld Parliament House tonight, said:

"At both the federal and state level, funding gaps exist that mean women who are reaching out for help are not getting the support they need to escape domestic violence.

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Greens congratulate Rosie Batty on continued advocacy to end domestic violence and welcome Our Watch Awards for journalism

Larissa Waters 3 Jun 2015

 The Australian Greens welcome the Our Watch Awards for media reporting to end violence against women, announced by Rosie Batty at the National Press Club today.

“Rosie Batty has shown incredible bravery in sharing her story with the media in an effort to help other women and children,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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Government must boost legal assistance to tackle family violence

Federal cuts to legal assistance funding will undermine efforts to tackle domestic violence, say the Australian Greens.

Legal assistance and domestic violence are two separate agenda items for tomorrow's Law, Crime and Community Safety Council Meeting, but the Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says they should be addressed together.

"If the Government is really genuine about addressing domestic violence, they need to fund the services out there helping people to understand their legal options and act on them," Senator Wright said.

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Cruel court fee hikes could harm family violence victims

Penny Wright 15 May 2015

The Abbott Government's cruel hike to Family Court fees could delay victims of domestic violence from seeking a divorce, Australian Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Penny Wright says.

"When the previous government raised court fees, Attorney General George Brandis called it 'a disguised Labor tax'," Senator Wright said.

"Now he's copying their tricks and using families going through tough times as a way to raise revenue for the Abbott Government."

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Abbott Government giving with one hand and taking with other on domestic violence prevention funding

Larissa Waters 27 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to reinstate funding for healthy relationships programs in schools or risk undermining the effectiveness of its new advertising campaign against domestic violence.

"The Abbott Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other when it comes to funding to change cultural attitudes of gender inequality that lead to domestic violence," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.   

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Legal aid reversal welcome, but just the start

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says the Government should not stop at reversing cuts to the legal assistance sector, but look at increasing funding in the upcoming budget.

"Legal assistance services were operating on a shoe-string budget before the Attorney-General's cuts," Senator Wright said.

"Today's policy reversal is extremely welcome, but this should only be the beginning. The Productivity Commission's recent report said $200 million more was required just to address urgent need."

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