YOUR VOICE

Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence

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Be part of the conversation and have YOUR VOICE heard!

 

ALL of us CAN and NEED to play a role, individually and collectively, in raising awareness of community-wide issues.

Domestic violence in all forms (physical, financial, emotional) is not unique to the Defence community, but we all know the transient nature of defence life adds unique and complex challenges for our community and those of us experiencing and needing to leave a domestic violence situation.

We know domestic violence is not easy to talk about but we also know that 1 in 4 women has experienced intimate partner violence since the age of 15, and with over 80% of Defence Partners being female, it is important that we raise awareness of the increased vulnerabilities Defence Partners face when it comes to domestic violence.

We engage with thousands of Defence Partners and families and while we do our best to speak your words in rooms and to people that need to hear it, sometimes it takes ALL of us to make an impact.

 

And that’s where you come in!

 

We’ve made it easier for you to join the conversation with this new resource, allowing you to add YOUR VOICE to current, ongoing, and future Defence Partner & Family advocacy efforts.

Launching with this campaign raising awareness and advocating for greater support for Defence Partners and Families experiencing domestic violence.

 

 

READ AND DOWNLOAD

the community campaign here.

 

YOUR VOICE - Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence

 

Use the details below to get sending to those who need to read it.

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

The Hon Matt Keogh is Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel which means he needs to hear all things Defence Partner and Family related.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Keogh via this email address

minister@dva.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Keogh,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

 

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Katy Gallagher is the Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service. With more than 80% of Defence Partners being women and a high proportion of spouses impacted financially due to the nature of defence life and career disruptions, Minister Gallagher is an important representative to connect with.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Gallagher via this email address

senator.katy.gallagher@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Gallagher,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

 

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Amanda Rishworth is the Minister for Social Services which means she oversees mental health, families and children’s policy, and support for carers and people with disabilities, and seniors.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Rishworth via this email address

Amanda.rishworth.mp@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Rishworth,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Justine Elliot is the Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and is an important representative to connect with on the topic of domestic violence.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Assistant Minister Elliot via this email address

Justine.Elliot.MP@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Assistant Minister Elliot,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Gwen Cherne was appointed as the inaugural Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission in 2020 and is committed to representing the perspectives of veteran families in ongoing policy and decision-making across Government. Gwen also has lived experience of family violence and is an important representative to connect with.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Commissioner Cherne via this email address

VFA@dva.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner Gwen Cherne,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official ADF families advisory body to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and is an important organisation to connect with when it comes to issues related to Defence Partners, Members and their Families.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Defence Families of Australia via the below email addresses

Defence Family Advocate of Australia Sandi Laaksonen-Sherrin convenor@dfa.org.au

Central and Northern NSW central.nsw@dfa.org.au

ACT and Southern NSW act.sthnsw@dfa.org.au

Victoria and Tasmania vic.tas@dfa.org.au

Northern Territory and Kimberley nt@dfa.org.au

South Australia convenor@dfa.org.au

Southern Queensland sth.qld@dfa.org.au

Northern Queensland nth.qld@dfa.org.au

Western Australia convenor@dfa.org.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Defence Families Advocate Sandi Laaksonen Sherrin/Defence Families Australia (DFA),

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

Hey, we are so happy you want to add YOUR VOICE

to such an important issue!

Be part of the conversation and have YOUR VOICE heard!

ALL of us CAN and NEED to play a role, individually and collectively, in raising awareness of community-wide issues.

Domestic violence in all forms (physical, financial, emotional) is not unique to the Defence community, but we all know the transient nature of defence life adds unique and complex challenges for our community and those of us experiencing and needing to leave a domestic violence situation.

We know domestic violence is not easy to talk about but we also know that 1 in 4 women has experienced intimate partner violence since the age of 15, and with over 80% of Defence Partners being female, it is important that we raise awareness of the increased vulnerabilities Defence Partners face when it comes to domestic violence.

We engage with thousands of Defence Partners and families and while we do our best to speak your words in rooms and to people that need to hear it, sometimes it takes ALL of us to make an impact.

And that’s where you come in!

We’ve made it easier for you to join the conversation with this new resource, allowing you to add YOUR VOICE to current, ongoing, and future Defence Partner & Family advocacy efforts.

Launching with this campaign raising awareness and advocating for greater support for Defence Partners and Families experiencing domestic violence.

READ AND DOWNLOAD the community campaign here.

YOUR VOICE - Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence

Use the details below to get sending to those who need to read it.

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

The Hon Matt Keogh is Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel which means he needs to hear all things Defence Partner and Family related.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Keogh via this email address

minister@dva.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Keogh,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

 

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Katy Gallagher is the Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service. With more than 80% of Defence Partners being women and a high proportion of spouses impacted financially due to the nature of defence life and career disruptions, Minister Gallagher is an important representative to connect with.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Gallagher via this email address

senator.katy.gallagher@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Gallagher,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Amanda Rishworth is the Minister for Social Services which means she oversees mental health, families and children’s policy, and support for carers and people with disabilities, and seniors.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Minister Rishworth via this email address

Amanda.rishworth.mp@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Minister Rishworth,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Justine Elliot is the Assistant Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and is an important representative to connect with on the topic of domestic violence.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Assistant Minister Elliot via this email address

Justine.Elliot.MP@aph.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Assistant Minister Elliot,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Gwen Cherne was appointed as the inaugural Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission in 2020 and is committed to representing the perspectives of veteran families in ongoing policy and decision-making across Government. Gwen also has lived experience of family violence and is an important representative to connect with.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Commissioner Cherne via this email address

VFA@dva.gov.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner Gwen Cherne,

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,

It’s important that your voice is heard by those who need to hear it.

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official ADF families advisory body to the Minister for Defence Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and is an important organisation to connect with when it comes to issues related to Defence Partners, Members and their Families.

Send the ‘Greater Support for Defence Partners & Families impacted by Domestic Violence’ Letter to Defence Families of Australia via the below email addresses

Defence Family Advocate of Australia Sandi Laaksonen-Sherrin convenor@dfa.org.au

Central and Northern NSW central.nsw@dfa.org.au

ACT and Southern NSW act.sthnsw@dfa.org.au

Victoria and Tasmania vic.tas@dfa.org.au

Northern Territory and Kimberley nt@dfa.org.au

South Australia convenor@dfa.org.au

Southern Queensland sth.qld@dfa.org.au

Northern Queensland nth.qld@dfa.org.au

Western Australia convenor@dfa.org.au

Some words to get your email started! Copy and paste as needed or use them as inspo.

Dear Defence Families Advocate Sandi Laaksonen Sherrin/Defence Families Australia (DFA),

I write to bring awareness to the plight of those within the Australian Defence Force community experiencing domestic violence (DV) and to add my voice to efforts advocating for more specific and urgent support for those partners and families impacted.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Kind regards,