Today Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown made sure the government was aware of the shocking rates of male violence against women in our society. Women in Australia are being assaulted and murdered by men everyday and it is not up to women to the fix that.
Ms JENNY LEONG (Newtown) I give notice that on the next available sitting day I will move that this House:
- Recognises the deaths of all women murdered by men: 30 women dead in 2018; a figure known because of the heartbreaking and difficult work done by Counting Dead Women Australia researchers of Destroy The Joint.
- Recognises that it is important for everyone to realise that on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner, according to the most recent analysis of homicide statistics in Australia.
- Notes that one in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
- Notes that one in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.
- Notes that one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
- Notes that one in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
- Notes that of women who experience violence, more than half have children in their care.
- Notes that violence against women is not limited to the home or intimate relationships, but every year in Australia over 300,000 women experience violence, often sexual violence, from someone other than a partner.
- Notes that eight out of ten women aged 18 to 24 were harassed on the street in the past year.
- Notes that there is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.
- Notes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience violence at higher rates than non-indigenous women.
- Notes that in Victoria, 87 percent of all homicides were committed by men and 98 percent of all sexual assaults were committed by men.
- Recognises that one death of a woman by the violence of a man is one too many and action needs to be taken through legislation, fully funded policies and programs, independent inquiries to eliminate male violence and put an end to women having to live in fear.