Labor raises alarm on family violence

AN alarm system to help North East domestic violence victims would be revived and perhaps improved under a Victorian Labor government, it was claimed yesterday.

The opposition’s spokeswoman for health promotion, women and prevention of family violence, Danielle Green, yesterday said that Labor would consider a new generation of Bsafe alarms.

She said Labor had last year agreed to restore the axed Bsafe program.

Bsafe alarms, created by Women’s Health Goulburn North East, allowed women to discreetly press an emergency button to a call centre, which called triple-0 if the user did not answer their phone.

“There’s other technologies around that might be even better than Bsafe,” Ms Green said in Wodonga yesterday.

“We are open to funding those and we are looking into that at the moment.”

Ms Green was a guest of Labor candidate for Benambra Jennifer Podesta.

The pair spent the morning at a forum at The Cube Wodonga and the afternoon visiting service providers such as Gateway Community Health and Upper Murray Family Care.

Ms Green told the forum about Labor’s plan to hold Australia’s first royal commission into family violence if it could oust the Napthine government in November.

“There are no easy solutions,” she said.

“I will ensure we take a co-operative approach if there is a royal commission, rather than an punitive approach,” she said.

“It’s not about a witch hunt, but looking at good practice and how that can be better supported and funded.

“That is the intention of our leader Daniel Andrews and myself, in terms of there being a royal commission.

“There’s genuine interest and concern about the problem of family violence.

“It’s something that costs the national economy $14 billion a year.

“One woman a week dies from family violence.”