Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher. Photo: Mick Tsikas / AAP

‘We Have To Reach Kids and Educate Them’: Minister For Women On Australia’s Domestic Violence Crisis

The brutal murder of Lilie James at a Sydney high school shocked the country when it made headlines last month.

The water polo coach at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney’s CBD, was found dead with serious head injuries in the bathroom of the school’s gymnasium.

However, the 21-year-old was just one of seven women who suffered violent deaths in October across the nation.

Statistically speaking, one woman is killed every week in Australia by a partner, making intimate partner violence the top risk for young and adult women.

Appearing on The Briefing, the Federal Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher, said the level of violence that women are subjected to at the hands of partners is “extraordinarily high”.

“For those aged around the age of Lilie James and teenagers, around  thirty per cent have experienced some level of intimate partner violence or former partner violence,”

she added.

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“I know there are examples where its women violent towards men, but predominantly it’s the other way.”

For Gallagher, violence against women is an “endemic part of Australian community life” and the solution lay in education.

“We have to reach kids and educate them.”

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