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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 June 2018) . . Page.. 1967 ..

(3) at 3 pm on Thursday, 7 June 2018, the order of the day for resumption of debate on the question that the Appropriation Bill 2018-2019 be agreed to in principle, being called on notwithstanding any business before the Assembly and that the time limits on the speeches of the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the ACT Greens be equivalent to the time taken by the Treasurer in moving the motion “That this Bill be agreed to in principle”; and

(4) (a) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or

(b) debate on any motion before the Assembly at that time being adjourned until a later hour that day; and

(c) notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 74, presentation of papers may be made prior to the suspension for lunch.

Safer families

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.07): Today I am delivering the second annual safer families statement. This statement will highlight some of the significant achievements of the ACT government and the community over the last 12 months, and will provide a reminder of why we must continue on this path of greatly needed reform.

Domestic and family violence is a pervasive social problem impacting individuals, families and indeed the entire community. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that one in six women and one in 16 men have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner. The experience of violence is not a one-off incident for most women, with 54 per cent of women who have experienced current partner violence having experienced more than one violent incident.

Nationally, in 2014-15, on average, eight women were hospitalised each day after being assaulted by their spouse or partner compared with less than two men a day. In this same period Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence as a non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman.

Domestic and family violence is not limited to physical violence. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that since the age of 15 one in four women and one in six men have experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous partner. We understand that controlling and coercive behaviours can have devastating consequences for individuals and that the impacts can be long lasting. The ending of a violent relationship does not automatically mean the effects of trauma cease. In 2011 intimate partner violence contributed more burden of disease, including illness, disability and premature death, than any other risk factor for women aged 25 to 44.

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