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The State Government’s annual campaign 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women
launches today, aiming to galvanise the Western Australian community into speaking out and shining a spotlight on all forms of abuse.
REIWA President Damian Collins said the Institute supports the McGowan Government’s efforts to raise awareness around this issue.
“Violence against women is a serious problem and we all have a role in helping to eradicate it. REIWA has shown its commitment to helping address this community issue by collaborating on, and supporting, the McGowan Government’s amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, which
aim to better support victims of family and domestic violence.
“Everyone has a right to feel safe in their home and this amendment is just one step in helping to ensure victims of violence receive the support and assistance they need,” Mr Collins said.
Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said everyone was responsible for changing the conversation that allows violence against women to go unchallenged.
"Violence against anyone is unacceptable, however, it is a shocking fact that most women who are murdered are killed by someone they know, and most women who experience violence do so at the hands of a current or former partner.
"The McGowan Government has demonstrated its commitment to addressing family and domestic violence with $20 million in funding, legislative reform and the introduction of paid family and domestic violence leave for public servants. But government alone
cannot solve this complex issue, everyone needs to play their part - government, business, community services and individuals,” the Minister said.
Days in WA program starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until Human Rights Day on 10 December 2019.
For more information, visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/16DaysinWA.
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