Belting your partner and traumatising your kids reflects the mentality of a wild animal, not a human being!
That’s was the key message from a Central Queensland Federal MP and a professional football leader today, in support of the Federal Government’s $100 million women’s safety package to combat domestic violence.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Central Queensland Capas rugby league coach Kim Williams joined forces to label those that hurt women and children as being un-Australian.
Ms Landry said today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of a $100 million Women’s Safety Package to deliver practical measures to keep women and their children safe – including developing GPS trackers for perpetrators – shows the Federal Government was drawing a line in the sand between people who carry out violent acts and their victims.
“We are acting because a dreadful recent spike of violent incidents against women has shown more needs to be done to keep women and their children safe, and this is just the first of many steps,” Ms Landry said.
“Shockingly, Rockhampton has one of the highest domestic violence rates in Queensland. So, this package is very relevant. People must realise that belting your partner and traumatising your kids with acts of domestic violence reflects the mentality of a wild animal, not a human being! It’s unAustralian.”
“So far this year, around Australia more than 60 women have been killed in domestic violence incidents. And shockingly one in every six women in this country has experienced violence at the hands of a man. This is completely unacceptable.”
The new package will deliver immediate measures to support women and their children including technology innovations to track offenders by GPS tags, money to expand frontline police, ambulance and social workers; legal services for women; and education programs in schools in order to begin a generational shift away from violence at home.
New Capas rugby league coach Kim Williams said it was time for everyone in the Central Queensland community to say ‘enough is enough’ to domestic violence.
“It is unmanly for anyone to hit their partner or frighten their children with acts of domestic violence. Women and children must be safe in their homes and together we need to make Rockhampton a place where women and children feel safe.”