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To: NSW Premier Mike Baird

End Domestic and Family Violence

End Domestic and Family Violence

Dear Premier, please take urgent steps now towards ending domestic and family violence for good, by committing to:
- introduce respectful relationships programs in all schools, and
- create specialist courts to deal with domestic and family violence, overseen by specialist magistrates who would also play a part in child protection and family law children's matters.

Why is this important?

We have probably all heard the statistic: one Australian woman dies at the hands of a partner or ex-partner every week. But so far in 2015, women are being murdered at double that rate, and in NSW alone there were almost 28,000 recorded incidents of domestic and family violence in the 12 months to September 2014. The reality is likely to be much higher.

It's time to act. Urgent steps must be taken by our leaders and policy makers now, to ensure this shameful epidemic no longer ruins the lives of generations of families. Rest assured, someone you know has been affected by family violence.

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, whose own son, Luke, was murdered last year by his father, has campaigned fiercely for short-term and long-term change. In the long term, let's change the entrenched attitudes and gender inequalities that help create the environment for domestic and family violence in the first place (such as through respectful relationships education in schools); but in the short term, let's improve the support services and responses from organisations such as the police and courts, so victims know they are not alone.

Rosie is supporting our campaign, and we are supporting her. Get on board and help be a force for change.


Reasons for signing

  • I currently watch my daughter fear daily with avo in place and not near enough support.
  • I want to be able to help give the confidence to be strong, the power to know you can say "NO, this isn't right" and to truly know that they DO have support & help. To let them know, whoever they are; that they are not alone.
  • no one should live in fear ,our system should be strong enough to support the weakest in our community

Updates

2015-03-19 17:44:30 +1100

100 signatures reached

2015-03-14 21:43:08 +1100

50 signatures reached

2015-03-14 06:27:55 +1100

25 signatures reached

2015-03-13 09:59:53 +1100

10 signatures reached