Calls for significant funding boost ahead of national crisis talks

This was published in the Herald Sun on the 30th April by Eleanor Campbell.

Ahead of Wednesday’s national cabinet meeting, crossbench MPs have written to the prime minister asking for a robust national effort to improve risk identification and justice system intervention in cases of male violence against women

“We need to get to a position where we’re not being reactive, this is where we are. We’ve got to provide safety for women who need it – while we’re trying to change the culture,” Independent MP Zoe Daniel said.

Ms Daniel said advocates across the domestic violence sector have called for a billion-dollar per year funding injection and flagged prevention education for young men and crisis housing as immediate priority areas.

“You can’t have these organisations living hand to mouth wondering where their funding is coming from – I think there should be five-yearly funding,” she said.

Potential action to be put on the table at Wednesday’s talks includes the establishment of a national register for offenders, electronic monitoring and nationally co-ordinated sharing of information about high-risk perpetrators and serial offenders.

States will also discuss potential changes to bail laws.

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