The chief executive of Fair Agenda, an independent community organisation that fights for equal rights for women, Renee Carr, told BuzzFeed News 160,000 people are turned away from Community Legal Centres every year, including women affected by family violence.
“There are more women seeking refuges than the refuges are funded to take. “Women in some parts of Australia can’t access Family Violence Prevention Legal Services simply because of where they live,” she said.
Carr says the government could learn from Victoria’s example and address gaps in tackling domestic violence by upping its funding to $4 billion over two years.
“Victoria recognised that it would take $572 million to address massive service and system gaps in just one state. Most of the key family violence services rely on joint federal and state funding to operate,” Carr told BuzzFeed News.