Morrison: easing financial stress could help stop violence
AS ROSIE Batty spoke to politicians in Canberra on Thursday, one of the Abbott Government's senior ministers said easing the financial burden on low-income families could help to turn the tide on domestic violence.
Ms Batty appeared before the Finance and Public Administration References Committee which has been investigating the prevalence of domestic violence across the nation.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said the Federal Government's $63.5 million five-year commitment to lending programs such as the No Interest loans Scheme could help families under stress.
"We understand that it is financial distress that can lead to even worse social outcomes, family breakdowns and issues of family domestic violence," Mr Morrison said.
"The government has a high priority on the issue of family domestic violence and this is just yet another way of addressing the many issues that go into this chronic and difficult problem."
Domestic violence groups and frontline workers say at least 43 Australian women have been killed by partners or other family members this year.
The Finance and Public Administration References Committee is due to deliver its findings to parliament next Thursday, June 18.
Ms Batty, the Australian of the Year, has labelled family assaults as the nation's biggest social problem.
APN Regional Media, publisher of this newspaper and 11 other regional daily newspapers, has been lobbying the NSW and Queensland governments to put in place compulsory respectful relationship classes in state schools plus domestic violence-focused magistrates.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811, DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).