A powerful new role would be created to advocate for domestic violence victims under a Labor election pitch that also commits 500 extra community sector workers to help women in crisis.
The hundreds of new positions would cost $153.4 million over four years and include case workers to help women set up new lives after fleeing domestic violence.
The roles would also be made up of financial counsellors to help women escape debt their abuser has run up in their name and support workers to sit with children and help them work through their experiences.
Half of the roles would be based in rural and regional communities.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will also announce a plan to create a family, domestic and sexual violence commissioner on Wednesday.
The commissioner, whose position would be paid for out of departmental costs, would work with states and territories to oversee Australia’s response to the scourge of domestic violence.
Currently one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
Mr Albanese said the commissioner would ensure resources were invested where needed across the country and also write a yearly report for accountability and transparency.
“Across the country domestic violence organisations tell us how much more they could do with an extra pair of hands,” Mr Albanese said.
“Over the past eight years, Coalition governments have failed to take this task seriously.
“Not enough workers are funded.
“It’s past time to stop talking about it – and elevate women’s safety to a national priority.”
Currently, police are called to a domestic violence incident every two minutes in Australia.
Labor has already promised to invest $100 million in crisis accommodation and build 4000 homes for women and children fleeing violence, along with older women on low incomes who risk homelessness.
Last year the Coalition committed an initial $150 million to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from the coronavirus.
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