When taking over as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Australians that he will treat family violence as a national priority. In fact in the latest budget gives little priority to the issue. The budget included only an extra $33 million to address violence against women and children nationally - compared to the $572million Victoria has committed.
In addition to the cuts to the vital community legal centres, $270 million has been cut from funding to community services which means many that provide vital support to women were defunded or had to scale back services.
$44 million each year has been cut from capital funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. This means reduced funding to build accommodation and shelters for those fleeing family violence.