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Centrelink should help women leave violent relationships - not add to their trauma



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BILL SHORTEN

SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

LINDA BURNEY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

MEMBER FOR BARTON

CENTRELINK SHOULD HELP WOMEN LEAVE VIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS -

NOT ADD TO THEIR TRAUMA

Our social safety net should assist women experiencing family violence and make

it easier for them to leave violent relationships.

We know that financial security remains a critical barrier to women attempting to

leave a violent relationship.

This latest report shows how Centrelink is simply not providing critical assistance

for women experiencing family violence when they need it most. In fact, Centrelink

processes are making them more financially vulnerable and actually adding to their

trauma.

The report also revealed that information was being inappropriately handled by

Centrelink to be used as evidence against women experiencing family violence,

including police and hospital records. This is abhorrent and unacceptable.

The Morrison Government needs to urgently review Centrelink rules and

processes to ensure that our social safety net can flexibly meet the complex

circumstances of women experiencing family violence.

Centrelink under the Morrison Government is failing women experiencing family

violence.

This report from ANROWS comes after revelations in March that the Morrison

Government’s private Centrelink workforce inadvertently provided the personal

information of women who left violent relationships, to their abusive partners.

TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: DARYL TAN (BURNEY) 0422 028 222

LIAM HOULIHAN (SHORTEN) 0438 366 400