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The Australian government will set aside $1 billion to help women escape domestic violence

Women looking to escape abusive relationships will be able to access AU$5,000 (NZ$5,495.80) in financial support through a nearly AU$1 billion (NZ$1.1 billion) package, as part of national government measures to tackle domestic violence.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese today met with state and territory leaders to discuss ways to reduce gender-based violence in Sydney.

Under the reforms, the Federal Government will provide $925 million (NZ$1.01 million) over five years to establish the Leaving Violence Program, which will provide financial assistance and support referrals to women who want to protect themselves from injury.

The measures should be financed from the May federal budget.

Those who qualify will have access to AU$5,000 (NZ$5,495.80) in support, with AU$1,500 (NZ$1,648.70) paid in cash and AU$3,500 (NZ$3,847) from goods and services, which will be provided over the coming years indexed.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced a $1 billion program to help people leave abusive relationships.

The national cabinet also agreed to take measures to tackle misogyny online, specifically targeting young people.

As part of the measure, laws will be introduced to ban the creation and distribution of deepfake pornography.

A pilot program will be set up for age guarantee technology to block children’s access to online content such as pornography.

A revision of the Online Safety Act will also take place a year earlier than planned.

National Cabinet will hold another meeting on domestic and family violence in the next financial quarter.

Albanians said tangible action was needed.

“This is indeed a national crisis and a national challenge, and we are dealing with it in a spirit of national unity,” he told reporters.

“We want to change this in a way where we all have to take responsibility, because violence against women is not a women’s problem that needs to be solved, it is a problem of the whole society.

“Men in particular must take responsibility.”

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Leaders agreed to strengthen systems responses to domestic and family violence, with a focus on high-risk perpetrators and serial killers, and on the exchange of information on perpetrators between jurisdictions.

The Council of Police Ministers and the Standing Council of Attorneys General will also look at options to improve police responses to gender-based violence.

The brief national cabinet meeting followed a recent wave of gender-related killings, with thousands of people marching across the country in protest.

The Prime Minister said action to tackle misogynistic content online was needed to ensure laws could catch up with technology.

“We cannot afford to hold on and forget, we must continue to look at what the challenges are and how we can overcome them,” he said.

“Parents are terribly concerned about their children and what they see online.”

A new online advertising campaign will roll out from mid-June to May 2025 that will challenge the misogynistic stereotypes perpetuated on the internet.

Albanians said that while the measures agreed by the national cabinet were a good step forward, there was still a long way to go.

“Can we be satisfied if a woman loses her life on average every four days? Of course not,” he said.

“I will be satisfied if we eliminate this as a problem, if we don’t talk about it as a problem where women don’t feel like they have to mobilize at rallies.”