An ongoing commitment to addressing domestic violence

Released 25/07/2017

Joint media release: Yvette Berry MLA and Simon Corbell MLA

The 2nd Implementation Plan under the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women Strategy 2011 to 2017, which sets out new key priorities for the ACT Government including driving a new action plan to prevent domestic and family violence, was today launched by Attorney General Simon Corbell and Minister for Women Yvette Berry.

Ms Berry said the plan highlighted the need for the whole community to be involved in upholding and respecting the rights of women and children to live free from the fear and experience of violence.

“The issue of domestic, family violence and sexual assault against women and children is one that affects everyone,” Ms Berry said.

“It is an issue that is not often thought about outside of the immediate crisis responses provided to women and children, however it is often at the core of some of the most complex issues faced by members of our community.

“Violence against women and children will not be tolerated in our community.”

Mr Corbell said the implementation plan recognises there is a need to further improve both the government and the community’s understanding of and responses to diverse experiences of violence.

“This includes the experiences and needs of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community members experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual assault,” Mr Corbell said.

Five key priorities have been identified for the next two years including:

  • driving a whole of community and government action plan to prevent violence and create and anti-violence culture;
  • understanding diverse experiences of violence;
  • supporting innovative services and joined up service systems;
  • improving perpetrator interventions so that men are held accountable and supported to change their behaviour; and
  • continuing to build the evidence base.

Mr Corbell said the new direction will ensure work across government and the community sector is consistent in its directions and focuses on where change can be most effective. 

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