A new poll has shown that three-quarters of Australians fear this more than the threat of terrorism.
It’s a fear very close to home for many Australians.
An Essential Research poll of 1000 people from across the nation, conducted for gender equality organisation Fair Agenda, has found that 74 per cent of Australians believe domestic violence is as much or more of a threat than terrorism.
Forty-eight per cent of those surveyed said they consider domestic violence more of a threat than terrorism while 18 per cent said it was less of a threat. Twenty-six per cent of respondents said the threat of domestic violence was “about the same” as the threat of terrorism.
Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty told Fairfax Media that the country is spending hundreds of millions extra on the war of terrorism, but women who fear for their safety are still being turned away because of lack of funds.
“As a nation we need to re-assess our priorities. Women and children are dying because of family violence and we need to see a commensurate response,” she said.
“There is no shortage of goodwill from our leaders, but we need words put into action including increased funding of family violence services. Every day we wait more lives are at risk.”
Ms Batty addressed the National Press Club in Canberra in June about the issues and has called on governments for funds.
It’s estimated that two Australian women are killed by domestic violence each week, with 31 women killed by a partner or relative in the first four months of the year.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au