The Times Australia

The Times News
The Times

Jenny McAllister on domestic violence

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Labor has announced that in government it would appoint a family, domestic and sexual violence commissioner and also fund 500 new community sector workers to help women at risk or in crisis.

Labor spokeswoman Jenny McAllister says more staff are desperately needed. “I visited a service last week in western Sydney that said that over the last year they’d helped around 1200 women who were seeking their assistance to escape violence. But they turned away 1100 because they didn’t have the workers to support them.”

Asked why, despite increased attention and funding for combatting domestic violence, we don’t seem to be getting on top of the problem, McAllister says she doesn’t “underestimate how complex and challenging it will be to produce sustained reduction in rates of violence.”

But, she argues, a change of government is needed “to restore that momentum and energy that was there at the beginning of this planned process”.

Earlier this year there were nationwide marches on women’s justice issues. Has the momentum faded? McAllister says: “There is still an enormous trust deficit between the prime minister and Australian women […] Australian women had had enough.”

(In a game of pre-emption, the government announced it would set up a family, domestic and sexual violence commission, in a statement released just before Labor’s on Tuesday night.)

Read more https://theconversation.com/politics-with-michelle-grattan-jenny-mcallister-on-domestic-violence-172512

Times Lifestyle

Choosing the Perfect Parka: Expert Tips for Beating the Freeze in Style

As the cold weather approaches, the right parka can protect you from the cold while keeping you stylish. Like the choice of a custom letterman jacket, the choice of a custom parka is based on both the aesthetic and practical considerations. In this a...

Wooden Name Trains: A Personalized Gift for Modern Kids

Are you looking for a personalised and at the same time an educational gift for the toddler in your life? Then a wooden name train should be on your shopping list! This unique toy is not only fun to play with but comes with an educational element...

Choosing A Commercial Bar Fridge: Essential Tips For Restaurant Owners 

Your restaurant's bar is the heart of your establishment. It's where customers gather, socialize, and enjoy your carefully crafted drinks. Your commercial bar fridge ensures your beverages are perfectly chilled, ready to delight your guests. A poo...

Times Magazine

Uniden Adds Three New Baby Monitors to Award-Winning BabyWatch Range

Uniden has introduced three new models to its award-winning BabyWatch baby monitor range, offering parents a variety of high-tech features at an affordable price point, to keep an eye on newborns and toddlers from anywhere around the home. The th...

Take The Plunge, Elevate Your Personal Health: P3 Recovery Opens In Port Melbourne

World leaders in wet and dry therapy make wellbeing even more accessible for Melbournians  Ice baths, infrared saunas, IV therapy, breathwork. Just some of the latest wellness therapies that happen to be housed inside P3 Recovery centres emergin...

Prestons ranked Australia’s worst suburb for parcel theft

Shocking new data reveals that parcel theft claims have more than doubled this year, with Prestons in New South Wales named the worst suburb. This year there’s been a 59% increase in claims for parcel loss with a wider range of people lodging ...

Business Marketing