Last month Parliament's Social Services Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into the funding of specialist sexual violence social services. The inquiry was sparked by the systematic de-funding of such services by the government, leading to restricted hours and closures. Which means, in English, that people who have been raped can't get counselling, and families fleeing abuse can't find refuge.
The committee has now called for submissions. You can use the handy form on that page to send in your thoughts, or you can post two copies to:
Social Services Committee Secretariat
Submissions are due by Thursday, 10 October 2013.
If you need a reason to submit in support of this vital social service, Coley Tangerina has a long list of them here. The Greens also have a submission guide here.