Calls for increased domestic and family violence service

State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today give a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on the NSW Government to address domestic and family violence as a matter of urgency.

Last year, it was reported that rates of domestic violence remain high in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas.

Though this is partially explained by increased reporting, it also indicates that the existent services for people leaving family and domestic violence, which are already over-stretched, aren’t capable of meeting demand.

“It is obvious that the services in place for people leaving domestic and family violence situations are already over-stretched and under-resourced.”

“This Government has said repeatedly over the last several years that preventing family and domestic violence is a priority for them – it’s time they walked the walk.” 

“According to local police, the 2018-2019 Christmas period was very busy in this area. It shows that, although we have spent years talking about this issue, little has changed on the ground.”

“Lake Macquarie Police responded to 727 assaults on partners and family members between October 2017 and September 2018, an increase of 117 offences compared to 2016-2017.”

“Earlier this year a woman was stabbed to death in my electorate by an abusive partner. This is an unspeakable tragedy, one that no one would like to see repeated,” Stated Ms Hornery.

“We need concrete action. That means more funding for services, more resources for women leaving domestic and family violence situations, and a serious discussion about how we all need to change.”

“I am calling on the Minister to address this as a matter of urgency. One life lost to family and domestic violence is one life too many.”

The motion follows Lake Macquarie Police District Commander, Superintendent Daniel Sullivan, saying that the time for raising awareness is over. People’s actions have to change, and a more pro-active policy needs to be implemented.