24 January 2019
Greens candidate for Wallsend Sinead Francis-Coan calls on all State election candidates standing in the seat of Wallsend to take the Safe State pledge.
“There were 624 domestic violence incidents in our area last year and Hunter postcodes were high in comparison to the state average – we must do better in 2019,” said Ms Francis-Coan.
The Safe State pledge with 49 recommendations has been developed by the NSW Women’s Alliance, which brings together a range of organisations working with women and children experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence.
Candidate who take the Safe State pledge commit to:
- Create cultural change to prevent violence and promote gender equality.
- Provide immediate and ongoing support for people experiencing violence.
- Ensure people experiencing violence have a safe home.
- Ensure people experiencing violence can access justice safely.
- Enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to lead change to end violence.
- Be accountable to specialist workers and the wider community.
Thousands of women marched in Sydney last Sunday raising awareness about women’s rights and the 63 Australian women who died in domestic violence-related events in 2018.
“We have now already lost 7 women this year. We know this because of the work of non-government organisations in our community; the State government doesn’t even keep records of these domestic violence deaths. How can they manage this problem if they don’t keep records?” said Ms Francis-Coan.
“The State Government needs to improve how they respond to domestic violence,” said Ms Francis-Coan.
“The State Government can’t just increase police resources and think the job is done. They should be increasing their focus on prevention and early intervention measures, increasing funding for front line social services and significantly increase funding for crisis housing, particularly in the Wallsend area,” said Ms Francis-Coan.
The State Election is on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Contact Sinead Francis-Coan: 0478 188 908