Australia’s laws to protect women against violence must be backed by more funding and better implementation, says human rights report

Laws to protect women against domestic violence in Australia must be backed up with sufficient funding and better implementation to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

That’s one of the conclusions of a report released yesterday on human rights issues in Australia and around the world.

The 2014 Castan Human Rights Report, by Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, highlights the Centre’s research and its relevance to some of the most important human rights issues facing society.

Senior law lecturer Dr Heli Askola said that the recent spate of cases of domestic violence shows that the existing laws are not going far enough to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

“Australia’s ‘National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women’ has the potential to create change, however it must be backed up with sufficient funding and better implementation,” Dr Askola said.

The inaugural report provides in-depth analysis and commentary on a range of other crucial human rights issues including a better asylum seeker model; Australia’s growing prison crisis; LGBTI rights; foreign aid; business and human rights; human rights in closed environments; and reproductive rights.