Premier joins walk to end family violence
ELIMINATING family violence is a top priority for the Tasmanian Government, Premier Will Hodgman says.
The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was observed with a walk and gathering on Parliament Lawns yesterday in Hobart, which Mr Hodgman attended.
“Today Tasmania joins communities across Australia, and the world, in declaring that all women must be free to live in safety and free from all forms of violence,” he said.
“Today’s walk … is an important event for Tasmanians to show solidarity on an issue that impacts so many across our communities. It is our vision that all Tasmanians are safe, equal and respected.”
Community and Public Sector Union assistant secretary Thirza White said increasing funding to Tasmania’s Family Violence Counselling Support Service would be a positive move the Government could take.
She said the only dedicated service of its kind in the state was staffed to deal with 1800 referrals a year – but faced a record 6494 in the past year.
Labor’s spokeswoman on Women, Equality and Prevention of Family Violence Michelle O’Byrne said the Government needed to ensure women were safe.