This is a ‘bigger’ threat than terrorism

Most Australians think family violence is about the same or more of a threat than terrorism, according to new polling.

The survey of 1000 people tested what the community thought about the comparison of domestic violence and terrorism.

It found 76 per cent per cent thought domestic violence was bigger, or at least as big, a threat as terror attacks, with only 18 per cent saying it was less frightening.

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Domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year Rosy Batty told The Guardian in a statement that the nation needed to “reassess our priorities”.

“We’re spending hundreds of millions extra on the war on terrorism, but women who fear for their safety are still being turned away from services because of a lack of funds,” Ms Batty said.

“Women and children are dying because of family violence and we need to see a commensurate response.

“There is no shortage of goodwill from our leaders, but we need words put into action including increased funding of family violence services. Every day they wait, more lives are put at significant risk.”

The poll was conducted by Essential Research on behalf of campaigning group Fair Agenda.

The group wants to see an investment of $33 million for specialist homelessness services, $28 million for legal service units to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, as well as $12 million for indigenous parenting and family safety programs.

The federal government continually defend their commitment to domestic violence, pointing to a $100 million allocation for a four year plan to reduce domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

– with AAP

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