[Infographic] Putting a stop to domestic violence: What the Australian government is doing

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An undated photo of a woman undergoing chronic stress Reuters/File

The attention-grabbing murders of Tara Brown, Karina Lock and Jody Meyers, reportedly by their respective partners, have pushed the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight, even as more and more cases of abuse come to light. 

With the battle now taking a place of priority on the public agenda, one question was repeated across communities, groups and organisations, and homes this year: what exactly is the Australian government doing to control the situation in Australia?

On Thursday, Australian states and territories agreed to legally recognise intervention orders from all jurisdictions in the country when a victim or survivor crosses borders. The move is the latest in a series of initiatives by the federal government to reduce the number of domestic abuse cases.

Earlier in September Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, asserting that all women and children have the right to live in peace and tranquillity, introduced a multimillion domestic violence scheme to put a halt to domestic violence.

Domestic abuse does not only include sexual abuse or physical exploitation of a woman by her husband, ex-husband or in-laws. It also encompasses verbal abuse, emotional torture, social abuse, economic abuse and psychological abuse.

The Australian government has never shied away from proving a point. When U.S. singer Chris Brown, who was sentenced to five years’ probation for punching and strangling his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, applied for a visa to come to Australia in September, his application was rejected by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, urged on by Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.

There was a similar case in early 2015, when the world's highest paid athlete Floyd Mayweather was denied a visa to enter Australia because of his track record of violence against women.

The seriousness of the government to take action against domestic violence can be observed from the way it has started dealing with offenders. With its new $100 million domestic violence package, the government aims to significantly lower or even completely eradicate domestic violence cases in the country.

IBT-fight-against-violence-oct26 Domestic Violence in Australia Infographic  IBT Australia

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