The reality for front line workers in the fight against domestic, family and sexual violence

Joanna Holcombe at UNSW Newsroom writes:

Workers in services used by people affected by domestic and family violence and sexual assault are predominantly female (83%). They’re also ageing, with a quarter of staff set to reach retirement age in the next decade.

While almost all of the workers surveyed feel they’re making a difference in people’s lives, less than half of those surveyed feel they’re being paid fairly, and 2 in 5 worry about the future of the job.

These workers are important to Australia’s capacity to end gender-based violence. Recent ABS data tells us that 1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner, and 1 in 4 has experienced emotional abuse.


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