Senator Larissa Waters speaks out on Domestic Violence
SENATOR Larissa Waters gave a compelling speech on Saturday at the North Bowls Club as she educated the Dalby community on domestic violence in society.
Joined by other guest speakers Senator Waters told the community what she intends to do and what needs to be done in government for those suffering from DV.
Senator Waters said the most important thing that needs to be looked at is the justice system and funding.
"Judges need to be educated and funding needs to be altered for those looking for long term housing," she said.
"The most shocking thing I hear is that women have to choose between torment from domestic violence or homelessness."
Senator Waters said the government needed to focus on preventing outcomes as it has remained an issue for too long.
"Everyone should be safe at home or anywhere with people that they love," she said.
"Everyone can do something about it, but the messages need to be heard."
Confronting statistics show that one in three women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.
Another disturbing point made at the DV forum showed that Australia loses two women a week to domestic violence.
Senator Waters said alcohol and drugs largely contributed to DV.
Mary (not real name) couldn't agree more with Ms Waters' statement.
After being on the run for 10 years from a violent partner, Mary has been forced to leave her home town to protect herself and her children.
"He has done everything you could think imaginable, but I have to think of my family first," she said.
Mary was a close friend of Tara Brown, who was killed by her estranged partner at Molendinar last month.