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New support for women fleeing domestic violence

By Canfan - 13 October 2014 10

Minister for Women Joy Burch today launched a new guide providing valuable information on financial matters to women escaping domestic violence.

Women’s Money Matters was produced by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters and not-for-profit financial counselling service Care Inc, using an ACT Government Women’s Grant of $24,580. It was launched during Anti-Poverty Week.

“WCHM and CARE Financial have worked with local women to ensure that resources developed through this project meet their specific needs,” Ms Burch said.

“While many women today have economic security and financial independence, we know that this is not true for all ACT women, particularly marginalised groups of women and those who have experienced violence.

“Financial security is critical to a women’s ability to escape from abuse, recover from its impacts and gain control over their lives. Unfortunately one in three Australian women will experience violence in her lifetime, and the majority of Canberrans who experience financial hardship are women.

“The ACT Government is committed to addressing domestic violence through a range of strategies, for example working with those who commit violence through to supporting women and children who experience domestic violence.

“Resources such as Women’s Money Matters are a part of the ACT Government’s commitment to make Canberra a safer community for women and their children.”

In 2014-15, the ACT Government will provide around $3.3 million in funding for programs that address domestic violence.

Women’s Money Matters is available at www.wchm.org.au/women’s-money-matters.

(Joy Burch Media Release)

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New support for women fleeing domestic violence
Postalgeek 1:30 pm 15 Oct 14

Maya123 said :

Postalgeek said :

give your local member the flogging he needs.

Interesting choice of words and attitude on subject matter like this, especially since the minister in question is female. Makes me wonder about the person expressing them here re violence.

Here’s one source on domestic violence female versus male.
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCkQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncsmc.org.au%2Fwsas%2FDocuments%2FDomestic%2520Violence%2520is%2520Gendered%2520Violence.doc&ei=qxY9VOfGNcWQgwTGh4C4Cg&usg=AFQjCNH_gpW1DrFCup3cmi64pl_dZJuATQ&bvm=bv.77161500,d.eXY&cad=rja

A quote from it:
“Of the 1,253 spousal violence cases reported to West Australian police in 1994, females were victims in 91.4 percent of cases and males in 8.6 percent of cases. “

Ok, to rephrase, men, being the dominant gender in government, have only their own gender to blame if they genuinely feel there are inadequate resources directed to male victims of domestic violence.

Maya123 11:32 pm 14 Oct 14

Postalgeek said :

give your local member the flogging he needs.

Interesting choice of words and attitude on subject matter like this, especially since the minister in question is female. Makes me wonder about the person expressing them here re violence.

Here’s one source on domestic violence female versus male.
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCkQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncsmc.org.au%2Fwsas%2FDocuments%2FDomestic%2520Violence%2520is%2520Gendered%2520Violence.doc&ei=qxY9VOfGNcWQgwTGh4C4Cg&usg=AFQjCNH_gpW1DrFCup3cmi64pl_dZJuATQ&bvm=bv.77161500,d.eXY&cad=rja

A quote from it:
“Of the 1,253 spousal violence cases reported to West Australian police in 1994, females were victims in 91.4 percent of cases and males in 8.6 percent of cases. “

Postalgeek 8:46 pm 14 Oct 14

Darkfalz said :

Since women perpetrate about 50% of partner domestic violence and up to 75% of DV against children, shouldn’t we be putting more resources into the victims of women?

Either men are grossly under-represented in government or they don’t give a toss, in which case you need to give your local member the flogging he needs.

fabforty 7:43 pm 14 Oct 14

Darkfalz said :

Since women perpetrate about 50% of partner domestic violence and up to 75% of DV against children, shouldn’t we be putting more resources into the victims of women?

Source please ? Your claims are highly doubtful

bigred 7:18 pm 14 Oct 14

ScienceRules said :

Darkfalz said :

Since women perpetrate about 50% of partner domestic violence and up to 75% of DV against children, shouldn’t we be putting more resources into the victims of women?

I’d be interested in your sources on this one Darkfalz. I’ve done a bit of searching and can only come up with statistics of violence against women. While I don’t doubt that women can be violent, I’d be surprised if it was to the extent you suggest.

I tried the ABS and some national domestic violence protection organisations but couldn’t find similar numbers. Where should I look?

Last time I looked (previous century) it was around 45% instigated by females, but the data was qualified due to the unreliability of police to deal with such matters. Suggest you look at publications by office for woman or whatever it is called now. Will add, the data also suggestedc that blokes seemed to cause more damage when the instigated.

Sandman 6:07 pm 14 Oct 14

Why would Child victims of domestic violence need a program that helps them with financial advice after they choose to leave?

Read the details before going on the negative attack. There are other programs for other victims, this one is specifically designed for women who probably have no control over family finances and are leaving an abusive relationship with very little money and lots of responsibilities.

sepi 5:59 pm 14 Oct 14

A man kills his partner in Australia at a rate of more than once a week.

Trying to pretend this is an equal opportunity crime is just bizarre.

ScienceRules 5:35 pm 14 Oct 14

Darkfalz said :

Since women perpetrate about 50% of partner domestic violence and up to 75% of DV against children, shouldn’t we be putting more resources into the victims of women?

I’d be interested in your sources on this one Darkfalz. I’ve done a bit of searching and can only come up with statistics of violence against women. While I don’t doubt that women can be violent, I’d be surprised if it was to the extent you suggest.

I tried the ABS and some national domestic violence protection organisations but couldn’t find similar numbers. Where should I look?

Antagonist 4:06 pm 14 Oct 14

My problem with this is that domestic violence is gender neutral. Perpetrators and victims can be men, women or children (in no particular order). By all means do something to help victims – but it needs to take a gender neutral approach.

Darkfalz 2:52 pm 14 Oct 14

Since women perpetrate about 50% of partner domestic violence and up to 75% of DV against children, shouldn’t we be putting more resources into the victims of women?

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