Waleed Aly slams the Government for not spending more to prevent violence against women. Show me the money.
But one group that failed to rate a mention in the Treasurer’s budget speech? Victims of domestic violence.
Unlike our politicians though, host of The Project Waleed Aly did not forget the thousands of Australian women suffering at the hands of their partners and on tonight’s episode of the show, he issued his audience with a powerful message.
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“I’d like to put my hand up on behalf of a group of Australians who might be unable to or are too afraid to, or when they do ask for help, they’re too often turned away,” he said.
“I’m talking about Australian women, who are regularly beaten, abused and killed by Australian men, usually their partners.”
According to Aly, 18 631 calls to the domestic violence hotline 1800 RESPECT went unanswered last year, “they reached out and were turned away.”
The hotline needs $2.8 million annually to operate, which Waleed points out is just one twentieth of what it costs to run the Government’s controversial school chaplaincy program.
Aly also put his hand up for the 150,000 people turned away from community legal services last financial year, for the 423 people who are turned away from homeless shelters every night, many of whom are women and children affected by domestic violence.