Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ‘hot spot’ lo­ca­tions to get pri­or­ity at­ten­tion in pro­grams

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Daniel Meers

SIX Western Syd­ney sub­urbs have been iden­ti­fied as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence “hot spots” by the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment as part of a na­tional ac­tion plan to curb vi­o­lence against women.

The chill­ing in­tel­li­gence re­veals Mt Druitt, Pen­rith, Bankstown, Camp­bell­town, Par­ra­matta and Black­town are re­garded as hot spots and will re­ceive pri­or­ity at­ten­tion in gov­ern­ment pro­grams.

It also has been re­vealed 17 per cent of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims in the re­gion do not speak Eng­lish and 49 per cent speak a lan­guage other than Eng­lish at home.

The gov­ern­ment says it is de­liv­er­ing “in­no­va­tive wrap­around sup­port in DV hot spots” which in­cludes a spe­cial­ist do­mes­tic vi­o­lence unit in Liver­pool and that, so con­cern­ing is the is­sue across Western Syd­ney, an Ara­bic-speak­ing lawyer and a so­cial worker have been hired by the gov­ern­ment to work at the Liver­pool spe­cial­ist unit.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, whose first an­nounce­ment as PM was a $100 mil­lion pack­age to halt do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, said it re­mained a key is­sue. “End­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a vi­tal na­tional pri­or­ity for my gov­ern­ment,’’ he said.

“We must have zero tol­er­ance and never ex­cuse or over­look vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.”

Mr Turn­bull’s of­fice is re­ceiv­ing reg­u­lar up­dates on how western Syd­ney is re­spond­ing to the gov­ern­ment­funded pro­grams.

The PM has made chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards women in the com­mu­nity a pri­or­ity.

“As par­ents, one of the most im­por­tant and prac­ti­cal things we must do is en­sure that our sons re­spect their moth­ers and their sis­ters,’’ he said.

“Dis­re­spect­ing women does not al­ways re­sult in vi­o­lence against women. But all vi­o­lence against women be­gins with dis­re­spect­ing women.”

Mal­colm Turn­bull.

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