I spent this last weekend at NSW Young Labor Conference. We heard arguments on all sorts of topics. There was shit kicking, and joke debates, but there were also some incredible, moving speeches. People got up and spoke on personal experiences with mental health problems, gender inequality and in particularly domestic violence.
Both factions of Young Labor, which usually heckle and yell through speeches, were silenced with the stories of what people have experienced first hand, or through close relatives such as their mothers and sisters. It is here that it was decided that we will all work together to continue the fight to end domestic violence, and to protect and support the victims of domestic violence, helping them take the steps to escape and to move on after facing domestic abuse.
Thanks to the NSW Liberal government funding has been cut to a huge majority of women’s only support services, including women’s only refuges. This means that there are far fewer places for women facing domestic violence have far fewer places to escape to. Not everyone has the support of family of friends, and these services were important in helping support domestic abuse victims and their children.
Important campaigns such as ‘White Ribbon’, and ‘SOS: Save Our Women’s Services’, need your help to continue to fight against domestic violence. Domestic violence is not just a women’s issue, it is a issue within society, and it is important the men recognise the importance of men taking responsibility and playing a leadership role in preventing men’s violence against women.
On October 17th, at 10am, Macquarie University Labor club will be hosting a forum on domestic violence with Tanya Plibersek MP, who will be giving the keynote speech, and will be joined by a panel which consists of Sophie Cotsis MLC and Roxanne McMurray, tickets are $5 and available here and proceeds go to Elise Woman’s Refuge.