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December 23, 2013

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have backed efforts by Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester to keep the spotlight on family violence.

Mr Chester, a White Ribbon Ambassador, said results from the second national ‘Personal Safety Survey’ released by the ABS confirm that one in three women have experienced physical violence and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence.

He said the results also showed that 25 per cent of women experienced emotional abuse by a partner compared to 14 per cent of men.

“The results of the survey confirm disturbing figures relating to domestic violence,” Mr Chester said.

“Violence against women cannot be tolerated in any circumstances. Too many of our mothers, sisters and female friends are experiencing violence at the hands of men they know, often in their own homes.

“We need to remain vigilant and be willing to take action when we suspect that violence against women is occurring.”

Mr Chester again called on Gippsland men to pledge the White Ribbon Oath to ‘never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women’.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator Michaelia Cash said the Federal Coalition Government remained committed to its National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The plan includes a $1 million boost in funding for the White Ribbon organisation over four years.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of women, their families and the community,” Minister Cash said.

“We will ensure the National Plan continues to be implemented, and that its programmes are properly resourced and implemented effectively.

“We look forward to working with the States and Territories and consulting with communities to develop the Second Action Plan, ensuring we continue the fight to reduce violence against women and their children.”

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