16 Days: Day 2 The Questions we should be asking Council

16 Days: Call to Action – Day 2 – Write your local Council – what ARE their current policies around Violence against Women? (template attached)

Violence against Women takes many forms.  Here in Australia it is primarily in the form of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and it IS AN EPIDEMIC. Think we are being dramatic?

Have a look at some facts and figures recently compiled from Our Watch website (and well worth the read);

  • On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.1  
  • One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15.
  • One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.2
  • One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.2
  • One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.3
  • Women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.4 
  • Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives.5 
  • Of those women who experience violence, more than half  have children in their care.
  • Violence against women is not limited to the home or intimate relationships. Every year in Australia, over 300,000 women experience violence – often sexual violence – from someone other than a partner.
  • Eight out of ten women aged 18 to 24 were harassed on the street in the past year.8 
  • Young women (18 – 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups.
  • There is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.10  
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both far higher rates and more severe forms of violence compared to other women.11

So, how are local government policies aligning with current moves toward reducing these statistics? Are they helping or hindering? Time to ask the question.

See attached a template letter in word format to assist you in contacting your local Council.

template-letter-to-council-2016

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