Labor's comprehensive approach to ending violence against women


A Foley Labor Government will take a whole-of-Government approach to ending the scourge of violence against women in our community.

Labor’s comprehensive package to tackle domestic violence and sexual assault offers new and practical ideas to end the violence and better support victims.

Under Labor’s plan, we will:

  • Provide a $14.5 million funding boost to support women’s refuges, counselling services, prevention programs and men’s behavior change programs
  • Establish new specialist courts for domestic violence and sexual assault – to streamline the criminal justice system and provide better support to the victims of these horrendous crimes. Trial courts will be located in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Hunter
  • Establish a new Premier’s Council for Women, to provide expertise into how the NSW Government can best support women, and Labor will restore the Office for Women as an agency within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, returning women’s issues to their rightful place at the heart of government
  • Strengthen penalties for breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders, providing additional assurance to victims of domestic violence, deterring perpetrators from breaching AVOs and ensuring those who break the law face tough penalties. Labor will put the establishment of a national register of domestic violence offenders on the COAG agenda
  • Expand access to paid domestic violence leave – doubling the existing entitlement
  • Extend protections under the Anti-Discrimination Act to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

Ending violence against women is one of the most important issues facing our society and Labor is determined to making this a priority across government.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Ending violence against women will be a priority of a government I lead.

“If we want to put an end to violence against women, we need to invest in prevention.

“Labor’s plan will also invest in improved support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Labor will put women’s issues at the centre of government – providing strong leadership and a whole-of-government approach.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Labor Leader Linda Burney:

“The Liberals so-called Going Home, Staying Home so-called reform has left some regions with no specialist shelters for women fleeing domestic violence.

“Labor will fill these gaps so women all across the state, not just in our major cities, have access to specialist services.

“Domestic violence is a national crisis and must be dealt with on a national scale. 

“Labor supports a national domestic violence summit – and will work with other states, through COAG, to develop a register that goes beyond state borders.

“Domestic violence has shocking long-term impacts, particularly on children. It is something you carry with you for the rest of your life – which is why it must be a top priority for government.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Status of Women Sophie Cotsis:

“One woman dies each week as a result of domestic violence in this country. Tackling domestic violence must be a key focus for government – and under a Foley Labor Government, this challenge will be front and centre.

“Labor’s specialist domestic violence and sexual assault courts will bring perpetrators to justice more swiftly, and in an environment that protects, supports and minimises trauma to victims.” 

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