Family violence help must continue
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