In a matter of weeks, there has been three deaths in Canberra allegedly linked to family violence.
We have seen an incredible outpouring of grief from the Canberra community, but now it’s time to keep lobbying, fundraising and fighting to stop more unnecessary deaths.
Enough is enough.
It is a problem of epidemic proportions, and it is about gender equality.
We need to bring domestic violence out into the open and into our conversations, from behind closed doors.
We need to ensure frontline services are appropriately funded – that’s why I was so pleased that the Abbott Government has backed down from its appalling decision to cut funding to frontline community legal services.
We need to teach our sons that violence against women is never okay.
And we need strong male role models in Parliament, at our workplaces, in our community organisations and sporting groups.
That’s why I welcome and applaud Bill Shorten for taking such a strong lead on this, and for calling for a national summit to discuss ways of tackling domestic violence.
In his own words, “gender equality is not a women's issue, it's a human rights issue”.
I will continue campaigning against domestic violence, because we must do better for the 130,000 Australian women who have been victims of violence by a current or a previous partner in the last 12 months alone.