Former governor-general of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO has spoken of her deep distress about the domestic violence crisis that is sweeping the nation.
Her remarks were made as part of a panel discussion about how domestic and international laws helped or hindered the advancement of women around the world.
On Monday, the government announced it would expand funding for specialist domestic violence units to accommodate six new targeted service providers and additional resources for a pre-existing unit.
Twelve such domestic violence units are already providing legal and social support for victims of family violence. Through partnerships with a wider network of service providers, the units offer assistance in financial counselling, crisis support and accommodation and mental health support.
An evaluation of the pilot program is expected to have finalised by the end of next year.