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Labor vows to help women leave violence

Bill Shorten is grateful people no longer pull down the blinds or turn up the television to drown out the noise of domestic abuse next door.

But he is concerned that while people's willingness to talk about family violence has changed, the number of deaths has not.

One woman is murdered each week by a current or former partner, with mothers and children still turned away from crisis support.

Mr Shorten said words were not enough.

"To be really blunt and direct - in a crisis, words do not put a roof over your head," the opposition leader said in Melbourne on Friday.

"Words don't help kids coming home at night checking if their mother had turned on the porch light or not, as a quiet sign to say whether their dad is in a good mood or an angry mood.

"Words don't help kids in the morning, and the mothers, wondering where they will go, how much longer they can take it."

Labor is promising to double the coalition government's spending on eradicating family violence if it wins the election on May 18.

Its $660 million package would go towards early intervention, frontline services, emergency accommodation and legal support.

The opposition leader said too many people still questioned why abused women did not leave.

"The real question we should have asked is where could she have gone," Mr Shorten said.

Mr Shorten detailed the commitment while launching the Labor women's policy platform at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre.

He received a rock star reception - of sorts - when he was introduced to the 100-strong crowd as Chloe Shorten's husband.

The women's centre is in the heart of the Greens' only lower house seat, but Labor said their focus was on the location, not the upcoming electoral battle.

The 170-year-old building was one of the first women's hospitals in the world.

It was also the site of the forced sterilisations of indigenous women, and where women considered 'unfit' to be mothers had their babies taken away.

Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek told the crowd in the few short minutes she was talking, police would be called to three domestic violence incidents across the country.

And just a few blocks away, a man accused of murdering his partner in Melbourne's Chinatown was facing court.

"How many more women just living their lives will lose their lives to their partner, to their former partner, to some stranger who follows them on the street?" Ms Plibersek said.

"All women carry this subtle fear of violence around with us every single day."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not quibble with the funding commitment but questioned Labor's ability to pay for its promises.

"Largely, as best as I can understand it, they are offering a bit more money here or there, and I can understand that," he told reporters in Queensland.

"But let's understand every time Labor is offering more money, it depends on their ability to manage money."

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