The New South Wales (NWS) government has appointed Dr.Hannah Tonkin as a Commissioner for Women’s Safety. NWS became the first Australian state to have a Women’s Safety Commissioner.
Dr. Hannah will be at the forefront of leading the government’s approach to addressing domestic, family, and sexual violence as part of her new role.
Dr. Hannah told Sky News Australia that her particular focus is on addressing domestic, family, and sexual violence. Because these are the types of violence that affect women in the most intimate parts of their lives.
She added one of her key priorities as commissioner is to have a stronger focus on the primary prevention of violence against women. Her belief is centered on proactive prevention of violence, prioritizing measures to prevent its occurrence over crisis response.
According to a report from the NSW Government, just two of the 13 major crime categories involve domestic violence assaults and sexual assaults. It showed an upward trend in the last five years rising by 13.5% and 29.8%, respectively.
Before Women’s Safety Commissioner, Hannah was an international human rights lawyer and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London and Hanson Chambers in Adelaide. She has diverse experience in international law, human rights, and humanitarian policy.
Dr.Hanah previously worked for many years at the United Nations and other international organizations around the world. She has also served as the Director of Disability Rights at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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