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Family and domestic violence costs Australian taxpayers an estimated $22 billion every year – and costs Western Australians almost three billion dollars annually. Last year, it cost 28 Western Australian people their lives.
Facilitated by community service organisation RUAH, CEO Melissa Perry and other representatives from leading community service providers participated in an “End Family Violence” community forum on Thursday 7 March, with over 200 people in attendance.
It was an opportunity to hear from federal members and candidates their party’s position on ending violence against women. The panellists included Australian Labor Party, Dr Anne Aly MP, Greens Senator, Rachel Siewert and Matthew O’Sullivan, WA Senate Candidate.
Following this Melissa joined a closed-door conversation- Family and Domestic Violence Roundtable- with 20 partner organisations and the panellists to continue to ensure violence against women remains a high priority for all governments and parties.
The outcomes identified from this Roundtable will form the basis of a campaign, a strong call to action for our Federal politicians and candidates to prioritise stopping family violence
View this video on domestic violence
Communicare is a White Ribbon Accredited organisation and we are committed to advocating zero tolerance of violence against individuals and families within our communities, using workplace practices.
Through our various residential and counselling programs we support hundreds of individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
Visit our https://www.communicare.org.au/Family-Violence-Justice-Services
to learn more about how we can help.
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