MORE needs to be done to end the epidemic of domestic violence.
This was the call of Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi who spoke in State Parliament this week for the 34 women, who died from domestic violence in Australia this year.
"These women crossed all age and ethnic groups ... and they all suffered at the hands of someone they knew," Ms Faruqi said.
Citing statistics that show two million Australians have experienced violence at the hands of a partner, Ms Faruqi said the problem could no longer be avoided.
The speech followed the announcement of the Federal Budget that drew criticism from Australian of the Year Rosie Batty for providing only $30 million for domestic violence programs.
That was against a backdrop of greater public awareness about the impact of domestic violence.
Ms Faruqi commended Coffs Coast Advocate readers for signing up to its Terror At Home campaign calling on the government to establish specialised courts and education programs.