WEL's End Violence Against Women and Girls Action Group works to challenge the consistently high levels of domestic and other violence experienced by women in Australian society, and to promote and maintain the issue in the national political agenda.
Domestic and family violence impacts on all aspects of victims’ lives, including in areas such as housing, childcare and access to employment. Women and their children leaving violence in the home must have access to specialist women's domestic/family violence refuges and front-line services. Survivors must be supported to maintain their paid employment or be provided with a means of financial security whilst experiencing or leaving situations of violence.
In May 2018, WEL handed over postcards signed by thousands of supporters requesting additional funding for women's domestic violence refuges and support services to cross-party politicians at NSW Parliament House. Read more
2017 WRAP UP
This year WEL continued to campaign for secure and increased long-term funding for specialist domestic violence services including women’s refuges/shelters and safe-houses. Despite the increased media attention given to the rates of violence against women in Australia, with the exception of Victoria, funding to frontline services that respond to the immediate and longer term needs of women and children experiencing and escaping domestic and family violence remain inadequate.
After further consultation, WEL refocused the campaign towards achieving prioritisation of women’s specialist domestic and family violence services within the Commonwealth/State Homelessness Program. We worked in partnership with the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) and Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) in advocating for a prioritisation of women specialist services in the Commonwealth National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA).
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LETTER RE LATHAMLAND
It is of great concern to the Women's Electoral Lobby that Southern Cross Austereo would give Mr Latham a platform on Triple M Sydney where he can normalise and rationalise domestic violence as a "coping mechanism".
We request Triple M issue a formal apology to Ms Batty and all women who are survivors of domestic violence for his factually incorrect comments.
We further request Triple M donate the revenue raised through Lathamland to the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line.
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NSW INQUIRY INTO ELDER ABUSE
The WEL/OWN submission is also one of the only submissions so far to link housing stress and homelessness amongst older women with their experiences of abuse and violence. In doing so the submission draws on research from OWN, the Mercy Foundation and WEL’s 2015 Affordable Housing Policy.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY PROGRAM
Women and Children's Safety Program Petition
Women and Children's Safety Program Proposal
Letters to the Prime Minister, state Premiers and territory Chief Minister