Reclaim the Night Illawarra Committee members today gathered in Canberra to present a petition of over 12,000 signatures calling on the Parliament to put in place measures to address violence against women.
The petition asks for urgent funding in the areas of education, safe housing and support services.
Sharon Bird said that local volunteers had been having thousands of conversations with members of the community since October last year.
“Reclaim the Night Illawarra has had stalls every week in markets and shopping centres over the past six months collecting signatures and talking to people. They gave a powerful report to the Parliamentarians Against Family Violence Friendship Group. These included some very personal and very powerful stories about the scourge of domestic violence on our community.
“This is a very important issue for all communities and I was very pleased to assist by tabling their petition in the Parliament.
Stephen Jones saidmore needed to be done to confront domestic violence in the Illawarra and around Australia.
“It is shameful that more than one woman a week in Australia is dying due to family violence. I’m 100 per cent behind the Reclaim the Night representatives and the vital work they are doing.
“Right now in Australia there is bipartisan concern about domestic violence, now we just need bipartisan action.
“A Shorten Labor Government will make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right, to further support those suffering family and domestic violence in our community.”
THURSDAY, 17 MARCH 2016