Labor welcomes today’s release of Changing the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.
The launch of Australia’s first shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children by Our Watch, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), is a culmination of an extensive national consultation process.
The Framework is an initiative under The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, a process commenced by the previous Labor Government.
Labor acknowledges there is not one single solution that will stop family and domestic violence overnight, rather it is a complex problem that requires a long term strategic approach by all levels of government and the Australian community. This is something that Labor is committed to leading.
Labor continues to urge the Government to urgently address their lack of strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of expenditure addressing family and domestic violence so that the framework can be implemented with transparency.
The community should know clearly how much is being spent on tackling domestic and family violence and even more importantly how effective that funding is, in addressing the crisis.
Now we have a framework to support a coordinated approach to, and enhanced delivery of, policy and programming to prevent violence against women and their children, across jurisdictions and sectors, we must ensure sure the Government’s response is to achieve the best possible results in the reduction of violence and harm.
Labor commends Our Watch, ANROWS and VicHealth for completing this important work, and we look forward to working with stakeholders and governments across the country on its implementation.
A recent Senate Committee report into domestic violence revealed that one in five Australian women have experienced violence at the hands of a partner and that women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, women with disabilities and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are particularly vulnerable to domestic and family violence.
The most tragic point of the epidemic of violence against women is found in the Australian Government statistics which showed that 89 women were killed in Australia between 2008-10 as a result of domestic violence which equates to almost one person killed each week.
Labor has committed to deliver a $70 million package that ensures that those suffering from family violence can access critical services when they need them.
• $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure people experiencing family violence get legal support and do not have to go to court alone;
• An initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home and communities; and
• $8 million investment in mapping perpetrator activities to look at the interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems to help identify opportunities to prevent violence through information sharing.
These commitments build on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children Labor established in 2010, as the first long-term national strategy to address family violence.
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