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