If the rising death toll won’t convince anyone you know of the need to act, maybe this will.
Today Show host Karl Stefanovic has broken down the various costs of domestic violence on Australia — laying out some of the key facts in point form before declaring: “This is a crisis in our very own homes.”
“It’s been a big week in politics with the Coalition’s second budget delivered to parliament,” Karl begins.
“And while there’s been some allocation of funds for domestic violence, and the public’s appetite for all levels of government to commit more of our money to the cause is growing by the day, it hasn’t really eventuated in terms of that big cash, has it?”
“This year, one woman has been killed on average every five days from domestic violence… This is a crisis in our homes.” Karl. #EndDomesticViolence #auspol #Today9
Posted by TODAY on Thursday, 14 May 2015
He goes on to explain domestic violence is killing one woman every five days, domestic violence also causes a significant amount of homelessness, and takes up 40 per cent of the police force’s time.
Domestic violence statistics:
1 woman has been killed on average every 5 days
1 in 3 women experience physical violence
causes 23% of homelessness
costs police 40% of their time
Costs the nation $13 billion a year.
The impressive segment came just days after Today show co-host Lisa Wilkinson pressed Treasurer Joe Hockey to explain a lack of domestic violence funding in the Federal Budget in contrast to a $1.2 billion contribution to fighting terrorism.
Wilkinson grilled Hockey on why he had allocated a “meagre” $30 million to stopping domestic violence, pointing out that the government had dedicated most of its funding only to awareness campaigns.
“Not supporting the national hotline, not women’s refuges, which have had funding stripped and not homeless shelters but $1.2 billion for terrorism,” she said.
Watch the segment here:
Do you think the government should do more about domestic violence? If so, what?