PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY
INQUIRY TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SCOURGE OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
In Australia, one woman is killed every nine days by a current or former partner, and one in six women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
A new parliamentary inquiry has been established to shine a light on the scourge of family, domestic, and sexual violence, and to examine how governments and the community can prevent violence against women and their children and better support those most at risk.
Federal Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP, a member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs conducting the inquiry, is encouraging local groups to make submissions and contribute to the findings.
“The inquiry will consider a broad range of issues, including prevention and early intervention, funding of programs and the level of coordination across the sector” Ms Murphy said.
“We all have a role in bringing down the unacceptable level of family and domestic violence in Australia. This inquiry is an opportunity to hear evidence from across the community”
‘The inquiry is also an important opportunity to examine the ongoing impact of natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic on the prevalence of violence.”
The Committee is accepting written submissions addressing one or more of the terms of reference, and invites individuals and organisations to share their view with the Committee. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 24 July 2020. A template is available on the inquiry website to assist individuals to prepare a submission.
The Committee is also seeking expressions of interest from members of the community who wish to make a short statement to the Committee about their experience, in closed session over the telephone.
DATE: 1 JULY 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: DYLAN STEED 9781 2333
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.