Member of Bennelong, John Alexander MP has again spoken in the Parliament condemning violence against women.
John, who has been a White Ribbon Ambassador for many years, spoke about the horrifying statistics of domestic violence:
- Every week one woman is killed as a result of intimate partner violence.
- One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
- One in four children have been exposed to domestic violence.
To curb these terrible figures, the Federal Government is currently providing over half a billion dollars to front-line services to support vulnerable Australians, including survivors of domestic violence.
The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme will ensure the protection of survivors through an automatic national registration of offenders rather than the current state by state system.
The Government has also announced a $100 million Women’s Safety Package which will be a national pilot initiative, trialling twelve specialist domestic violence units, and four health justice partnerships.
Break throughs are being made locally too, with North Ryde based 3M developing a bilateral electronic monitoring device for domestic violence prevention. This is a GPS based system that empowers victims of violence to go back to their normal lives without the previous threats that hung over them.
It works by monitoring the locations of the aggressor and survivor through GPS, and warns a person when their aggressor is approaching them from up to a km away. It and can alert authorities.
John Alexander said: “This is a problem that strikes at the core of our nation. The Turnbull Government is unequivocal in our position that domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and we are implementing measures to prevent and respond to this matter as a key priority.”
“3M are an excellent local company who are at the cutting edge of the innovation agenda. I congratulate them for using their global influence to attempt to solve endemic problems like domestic violence, and will continue to call on the Government to start using this technology here. We must start using this tech here in Australia, as we must do everything possible to end domestic violence.”