2016 Election Issue – Family & Domestic Violence

Family & Domestic Violence

Family and Domestic Violence affects people in all spheres of society. “One in eleven people have been subject to violence by a partner since the age of 15” [1], and every week, one woman dies in Australia as a result of family violence[2]. Over recent years, there has been a significant increase in the societal demand for services to support those affected by family and domestic violence.

It shows that one in 11 people (1,927,900) have been subject to violence by a partner since the age of 15 — the breakdown is one in six women (1,479,900) and one in 20 men (448,000).

We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The Salvation Army’s Policy Statement on ‘Family and Domestic Violence’ and the relevant policies of the main parties, listed in alphabetical order, can be found below for your consideration:

The Salvation Army Policy Statement
(esp. pages 16-17):

The Greens

The Labor Party
(note: The Labor Party currently has several different policies that come under the heading of “Tackling inequality and disadvantage”)

The Liberal National Coalition



[1] ABC News, ‘Fact File: Domestic Violence in Australia’, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-06/fact-file-domestic-violence-statistics/7147938

[2] White Ribbon, ‘Why is the work of White Ribbon important?’, http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/white-ribbon-importance


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