Your help is needed to stop the terror at home
Today we launch a high-profile campaign that aims to end domestic and family violence. And we need your help.
LOOK at their faces.
These are just some of the Australian women and children who have been murdered in the past few years by the people supposed to love and protect them - husbands, boyfriends, fathers, grandfathers.
They are not just statistics, not "just domestics". They were all killed in deliberate acts of violence in their own homes.
They are part of the reason we are launching our Terror At Home campaign today - to lobby the State Government to commit to measures that will seriously tackle the shameful epidemic of domestic and family violence.
This follows on from our Hands Off series in late last year, which aimed to raise awareness of the wide-reaching impacts of street violence.
Our Terror At Home campaign will demand the government:
- Establishes specialist domestic and family violence courts, with specialist magistrates, who will also play a part in child protection and family law children's matters; and
- Introduces comprehensive respectful relationships programs embedded in the education of all state school students, to help young people recognise unhealthy behaviour and to address long-term gender attitudes that ultimately contribute to violence against women.
The campaign has won the support of 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, who rose to prominence for the worst possible reason after her former partner bludgeoned and stabbed to death their 11-year-old son, Luke on a cricket oval in Victoria in February 2014.
Ms Batty said long-term prevention programs and better responses from the police and judicial systems were equally important.
"It's important for schools to understand they need to be talking about these issues (of family violence) and making them part of the curriculum," she said.
"There are stages in a child's development where it's important that relationships, and perceptions of relationships, are discussed and taught."
Ms Batty said support services also needed to be better funded, and that there needed to be better training for police and magistrates so it wasn't left up to "the luck of the draw" as to whether or not victims of violence in the home were treated with sympathy and understanding.
"When you go to court, you may be lucky and get a good magistrate, but you may be unlucky and get one ... who doesn't believe you and who minimises your concerns," she said.
"The court process is exhausting. It's like another avenue of abuse. "
The campaign comes as Queensland's Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence handed in its recent report with 140 It makes 140 recommendations for change.
These include the creation of specialist courts and government-led education programs in all schools. So how can you help to make this a reality?