Pre­mier joins walk to end fam­ily vi­o­lence

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.

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