Family violence fears

Sunday, April 21, 2019

AUSTRALIA is at risk of “losing the battle” against family violence, says Member for Mallee Andrew Broad.

Rosie Batty and Andrew Broad.

He said he was alarmed to learn two women a week were killed by partners or former partners in Victoria, and something needed to change.

Mr Broad was not alone in his concern, as Australian of the Year and passionate anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty addressed more than 40 parliamentarians in Canberra on Monday night.

The Nationals’ MP helped facilitate the forum on family violence as part of his role on the Parliamentarians Against Family Violencecommittee.

He said “you could have heard a pin drop” as Ms Batty, whose son Luke was killed by his father Greg Anderson last year, told her story and urged MPs not to blame the victims of domestic violence.

“Rosie didn’t take a backward step – she was pretty clear about what she thinks needs to happen,” Mr Broad said.

“Seventeen to 19-year-olds’ attitudes toward women with respect to violence are declining, not improving, which is a worry. We’vegot a long way to go.”

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