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Status of Women Minister Gail Gago welcomed today’s launch of a national organisation aimed at reducing domestic, family and sexual violence against women and children.
Ms Gago joined the The Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, and other State Ministers for the Status of Women in Canberra at the official launch of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.
“The State Government has identified community safety and child welfare as priorities, and I look forward to working with the rest of the nation on strategies to help keep our women and children safe through this organisation.
“Reducing violence against women is one of the most significant issues facing our country.
“It is my hope that by enabling all Australian governments to share their research, successful policies and outcomes, we can significantly reduce these incidents,” Ms Gago said.
In South Australia in 2012, around 41,600 women – or 5.5 percent of South Australian women – experienced physical or sexual violence in the previous 12 months, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey.
“We want fewer women harmed, fewer women fearing for themselves and their children and fewer women feeling isolated and powerless,” Ms Gago said.
South Australia has already implemented initiatives such as A Right to Safety and the Family Safety Framework to ensure that family violence issues are not hidden but are addressed through government, non-government and community services.
South Australia has committed $112,500 annually to ANROWS, part of a $3 million per annum total contribution from all governments over three years to enable the organisation to begin its research.
“ANROWS research will not only enhance policy and program delivery across a range of Government departments, but it will also provide an opportunity to tackle the gender inequity and sexism that are still too often barriers for women in Australia,” Ms Gago said.
The research will study a range of topics, including the impact of violence on specific groups of women such as disabled, rural or Aboriginal; the economic costs of domestic violence; interventions targeting perpetrators; and the links between domestic violence and gender inequity.
ANROWS is chaired by Emeritus Prof Anne Edwards AO, former co-chair of the South Australia Premier’s Council for Women.