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To: NSW Premier Mike Baird
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.