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Changing community attitudes to violence welcomed

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JUDIMOYLAN MP Shadow Minister for Small Business & Shadow Minister Assisting the

Leader on Women's Affairs

Member for Pearce_________________________M E D I A R E L E A S E



The release today o f the latest research into the community's attitudes to violence against women reveal that violence is:

"...a top-of-mind issue in the community and there is considerable concern about all types o f violence, including violence experienced by women."

"This represents a marked changed and welcome shift in public sentiment and attitudes," said M rs Judi Moylan MP, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Women's Affairs.

"However, as the Australian Bureau o f Statistics' 1993 National Crime Statistics indicate, altitudinal change has not been translated into meaningful changes in the behavioural patterns in society.

"Both the National Crime Statistics and the Crime and Safety Survey revealed a number o f disturbing trends in violence against women.

"It is now very much incumbent o f the Minister to implement polices to reduce the incidence o f violence and demonstrate to the community that the Government has the capacity to address the issue o f violence in the community.

"The Minister is very good at initiating inquiries into violence, but for the community, it is a case o f the 'cheque being in the mail' in respect to any worthwhile action to address the problem.

22 August 1995 CANBERRA C O N T A C T

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