A string of 78 Christmas cards was hung on the lawns of Parliament Property today — a single card for every Australian woman who will not commit this Christmas with loved ones as the outcome of domestic violence.
The symbolic gesture was element of a rally calling for greater Government action to curb domestic violence.
At the rally, attended by about one hundred people, organisers named on the Federal Government to boost lengthy-term funding for frontline crisis services, transitional housing and specialist legal solutions for females.
YWCA executive director Frances Crimmins mentioned her organisation was also calling for greater help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, who are 45 instances a lot more likely to encounter violence than non-indigenous ladies.
“Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is not an Indigenous issue, but an Australian issue,” she stated.
“And the response to support our Indigenous sisters has not been adequate to date.”
‘We mourn that we as a society did not do more’
Canberra mother-of-three Tara Costigan was a single of the 78 Australian women killed this year as a result of domestic violence, whose names have been read out at the rally.
Sabah al Mdwali, 28, of Gordon, was yet another.
“We mourn that we as a society did not do a lot more to stop this violence and to save their lives,” Ms Crimmins stated.
“I would like to acknowledge the Destroy the Joint counting dead women researchers for undertaking the important perform of collecting their detail and recording these deaths so that the situation of violence against ladies is brought additional into the open.”
Labor MP Andrew Lee, who attended the rally, thanked Australian of Year Rosie Batty, whose young son Luke Batty died as a result of family members violence, for her tireless work to draw consideration to the concern.
He mentioned Federal Parliament was now talking about family members violence for the first time in a way in which it ought to be talked about.
“That hasn’t happened due to the fact … politicians stepped up and decided it mattered,” he stated.
“It’s happened due to the fact of an extraordinary community campaign.
“Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year has not only purchased vital issues into Australia public life, but has worked to redefine the function of an Australian of the Year.”
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