This is what Australians really fear.
An overwhelming 74% of the 1,006 people surveyed by Essential Research said that family violence was more or at least as much of a threat as terrorism. Only 18% of people surveyed viewed terrorism as the greater threat.
These statistics reveal an alarming disparity between public concern regarding domestic abuse and family violence, and governmental action. As the rate of violence continues to increase, the insufficiency of government funding for family violence services becomes more, and more of a problem.
In the poll’s accompanying statement, Australian of the Year and domestic violence advocate Rosie Batty drew attention to issues in governmental prioritisation. Rosie said: “We’re spending hundreds of millions extra on the war on terrorism, but women who fear for their safety are still being turned away from services because of a lack of funds.”