Words alone won’t stop violence

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NSW Premier Mike Baird has this week announced domestic violence will be one of his 12 priorities.
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While the sentiment is admirable the announcement needs to be backed up by action and funds.

So far, his track record has not been good.

While he managed to find $1 billion to rebuild two existing sports stadia he has presided over cuts to domestic violence shelters and services and cuts to the Family and Community Services department.

Both of these areas must be funded if the state is to get truly serious about tackling domestic violence head on.

The government, and the community, need to get as angry and as scared as they do when a shark tries to bite off a man’s leg.

They need to be as outraged as they were when Daniel Christie was killed by a one-punch attack in Kings Cross.

When the 18-year-old died the government sprang into action, increasing the penalty of one-punch attacks and introducing laws in the Sydney central business district which aimed to stop it happening again.

It took the death of just one young man to bring about these changes.

So why is there still at least one woman dying at the hands of her partner, or ex-partner every week?

Why are men who harass, intimidate, breach apprehended violence orders still getting a mere slap on the wrist?

Why are women still being turned away from shelters and services, not because they aren’t worthy of help and support, but because there is no room for them.

These poorly funded, understaffed services are unable to help hundreds of women a year.

How many women have lost their lives because Mr Baird’s government have made these cuts?

We may never know, but one thing is certain — more money is needed, fast.

Do it now and stop more women from losing their lives.

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