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It's time to step up and eliminate violence against women.

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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Status of Women

Dated: 25 November 2007 Portfolio: Status of Women

It’s time to step up and eliminate violence against women

The Australian Democrats called on both major parties to step up their commitment to the elimination of violence against women and girls as a commitment to White Ribbon Day.

“According to the ABS more than 40% of Australian women have experienced at least one incident of violence since they were 15, with an estimated 12% having been sexually abused before the age of 15,” Australian Democrats Spokesperson for the Status of Women Senator Natasha Stott Despoja said.

“These figures are disturbing and unacceptable. The fact that in the last year alone more than 440,000 females fell victim to some form of violence, proves that much more needs to be done to protect the rights and freedoms of Australian women and girls.

“We need to commit to programs that assist community and women’s services, as well as collaborative efforts between State and Federal governments, to prevent, educate, intervene and assist with recovery from violence.

“Despite minimal funding for the Government’s Australia Says No campaign, neither of the major parties has shown a real commitment to the funding of additional programs for the elimination of violence against women.

“The Democrats proposed an additional $20 million should be set aside to further develop and support national anti-violence public awareness and education campaigns and programs, with specific focus directed towards young people and workplaces.

“White Ribbon Day is an essential campaign that raises awareness of violence against women, and I call on the new Labor Government to implement real policies for reform,” Senator Stott Despoja said.