Fam­ily vi­o­lence help must con­tinue

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

I was sur­prised that not one of the Let­ters con­tri­bu­tions for the Fe­bru­ary 18-24 edi­tion ad­dressed Martin McKen­zie-Mur­ray’s piece on the po­ten­tial threat to fund­ing for preven­tion of fam­ily (do­mes­tic) vi­o­lence (“Un­der threat”, Fe­bru­ary 11-17). As I write it is Sun­day morn­ing and the lead story on the news is of the death of a 29-year-old woman in a sus­pected do­mes­tic at­tack. De­spite the ini­tial fo­cus on this is­sue and the prom­i­nent role Rosie Batty has played, it seems lit­tle has changed. While much is made of tack­ling, and rightly so, the ice epi­demic, it would ap­pear ef­forts to ad­dress fam­ily vi­o­lence have be­come less im­por­tant to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Bud­getary pres­sures con­tinue and with money too tight to men­tion only vote-buy­ing ini­tia­tives and op­por­tunis­tic po­lit­i­cal pointscor­ing re­ceive promi­nence in the na­tional de­bate. As a com­mu­nal­ity we need to do more to en­cour­age po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to recog­nise this im­por­tant so­cial is­sue.

– Al­lan Gib­son, Cher­ry­brook, NSW

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