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National rural domestic violence information kit



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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 3/97SW DPEE97/134AJ

THE HON JUDIM OYLAN, MP THE HON JOHN ANDERSON, MP

MINISTER FOR THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY

STATUS OF WOMEN INDUSTRIES AND ENERGY

NATIONAL RURAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INFORMATION KIT

> 15 October 1997

The Minister for the Status o f Women, Judi Moylan, and the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, John Anderson, today launched the National Rural Domestic Violence Information Kit. The launch coincided with World Rural Women’s Day.

The National Rural Domestic Violence Information Kit answers frequently asked questions about violence, the law, and implications for the children o f women living in a violent situation.

Mrs Moylan ^aid about half a million women in Australia experience either physical or sexual violence each year.

“The ABS 1996 Report Women's Safety Australia, estimated that over a 12 month period, 110 000 women who were in a married or de facto relationship experienced an incidence o f violence by their partner," the Minister said.

“The report also estimated 292 100 women had experienced violence at the hands of their partner when they were pregnant,” she said.

Mr Anderson said domestic violence occurs no matter where people live.

“For a rural woman who experiences violence from her partner, both geographical distance and a fear of a lack o f confidentiality can work to keep her socially isolated,” he said.

“The kit provides information about statewide and national services available to victims of domestic violence, and also information for family and friends on how to support people who may be experiencing domestic violence,” Mr Anderson said.

Mrs Moylan said the Howard Government believed in the right o f all Australians to live in a safe place free from violence and fear.

“The Prime Minister has expressed a strong personal commitment to women’s safety and is determined to take a united stand against this abhorrent crime that shatters the lives and well being of thousands o f Australian women and children,” she said.

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“He will announce new domestic violence initiatives at the National Domestic Violence Summit, planned for later this year, and has also pledged additional finances from the Commonwealth to protect victims o f domestic violence and educate the perpetrators o f domestic violence.”

Copies of the kit are also available free o f charge by calling telephone no (02) 6271 5722.

Media contacts:

Mrs Moylan's office Sandi Logan (02) 6277 7006

Mr Anderson’s office Robert Haynes (02) 6277 7520 or (0419) 493 511

Internet: http ://www. dpie. gov. au/dpie/pr/media_releases/anderson/index. html

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