It is a very disturbing and shocking fact that most women who are murdered die at the hands of someone they know. Furthermore, most women who suffer domestic violence do so at the hands of a current or former partner.
In a bid to raise awareness around the serious problem of violence against women, the State Government has this week launched 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women. The annual campaign seeks to raise awareness on all forms of abuse and encourage West Australians to speak out.
The McGowan Government has done much more than just talk to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women. They have also taken action by making amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act to provide better support to victims of domestic violence and abuse in rental accommodation.
The Residential Tenancies Act (Family Violence) Amendment Bill 2018 was formally passed in February this year. To learn more about the Bill, click here. Furthermore, the State Government has committed $20 million in funding and introduced paid family and domestic violence leave for public servants to show how serious they are about the issue.
Government actions alone aren’t enough
Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister, Simone McGurk, said everyone was responsible for changing the conversation that allows violence against women to go unchallenged.
Real Estate Institute of WA (REIWA) President, Damian Collins said, “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their home and this amendment is just one step in helping to ensure victims of violence receive the support and assistance they need.”
The 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women commenced on November 25 and runs until Human Rights Day on 10 December 2019. Click here for more information.