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Media Release Andrew Broad Member for Mallee

Email andrew.broad.mp@aph.gov.au Media contact: Kirsten Lloyd

Web www.andrewbroad.com Email kirsten.lloyd@aph.gov.au

Phone 1300 131 620 Phone 0418 445 233

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

BROAD HOLDS DISCUSSIONS WITH KEN LAY

Whilst in Canberra yesterday, the Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, met with Ken Lay OAM

to discuss various issues regarding family violence, with a particular focus on strategies that

could be implemented to reduce its impact.

The Wimmera and Mallee have high rates of domestic violence and since being elected, Mr.

Broad has been a vocal in his belief that more needs to be done to support victims of family

violence and that perpetrators need to face harsher penalties.

“The statistics are really quite confronting and totally unacceptable. The issue needs to be

addressed and I welcomed the opportunity to speak with Ken Lay yesterday.

“The response to family violence needs to be multi-faceted and we discussed possibilities and

potential outcomes.

“We agreed that the national intervention orders must be implemented quickly as they will

provide greater protection to women and children fleeing violent situations.

“This is particularly relevant to women living in border towns, where currently, an intervention

order placed in Victoria, is not enforceable in other states and territories.

“We also discussed the importance of changing community attitudes about family violence,

ensuring it is no longer an issue that is kept behind closed doors.

“From effective media campaigns that hold perpetrators to account, to encouraging sporting

and community leaders to become outspoken champions of the cause, we need to reach into

every community and change perceptions and patterns.

“Mr. Lay and I were very much in agreement that part of the answer lies with our younger

Australians.

“We need to target young men, women and children, educating them so that we raise people

who understand that violence isn’t acceptable,” Mr. Broad said.

Also joining Mr. Broad and Mr. Lay in the meeting, was Lisa-Maree Stevens, Director of

Community Services and Manager of Murray Mallee Community Legal Centre.

Media Release Andrew Broad Member for Mallee

Email andrew.broad.mp@aph.gov.au Media contact: Kirsten Lloyd

Web www.andrewbroad.com Email kirsten.lloyd@aph.gov.au

Phone 1300 131 620 Phone 0418 445 233

“In light of the Mallee region’s rates of family violence, it was important to have Ms. Steven’s

insights offered, as part of our discussion.

“Sadly, what is happening in our region is a snap shot of the bigger picture of domestic

violence in this country.”

ENDS