The territory’s latest domestic and family violence response plan was launched on 17 August by Attorney-General Simon Corbell and Minister for Women Yvette Berry. It is the government’s second implementation plan to support its anti-domestic violence strategy and was designed after consultation with experts and the community.
Creating increased awareness of domestic and family violence in the Canberra community will help change attitudes and reduce risk from the issue, the ACT government has said. Responding to a new report from the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, Attorney-General Simon Corbell and Minister for Women Yvette Berry said more needed to be done to limit the high social, health, and economic costs of domestic violence, including sexual assault, in Canberra.
On 8 August Women’s Minister Yvette Berry announced that frontline domestic violence workers in the ACT will be trained to protect women whose violent ex-partners have used technology to stalk, intimidate and harass them. The ACT government will provide $75,000 to the Women’s Services Network for a three-day course in November to help staff prevent technological abuse. More than 100 workers who take part in the training will also learn how to collect technological information that could be used as evidence against perpetrators in court.
ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey has warned some victims of violence may be placing themselves in danger if they rely solely on a court order for their protection.
Living with the man who threatened to kill her felt safer for 28-year-old Canberra mother of three Kate than wondering what he might do if she left.
The laws on domestic violence need to include “coercive control” to cover patterns of abusive behaviour, a Canberra academic says.
While awareness of domestic violence has grown over recent years, government responses to the regular murders, terror and harm inflicted on large numbers of (mostly) women and children each day remain cruelly inadequate.
The ACT government will strengthen laws to make it easier to prosecute domestic violence offenders.
Bolstered domestic violence laws have been welcomed by victims of crime advocates while acknowledging there is more work to be done. But not everyone was in favour of the changes, with defence lawyers panning the reforms as a knee-jerk reaction that would not address the root cause of family violence.
Domestic violence sufferers who seek protective court orders in the ACT are being unnecessarily victimised and subjected to similar power and control tactics experienced at the hands of their violent partners at home, a report has found.
Domestic violence in the Media
- ACT 2nd implementation plan for domestic and family violenceAugust 27, 2015 - 4:33 pm
- ACT government responds to new Canberra domestic violence report with a call for increased awarenessAugust 13, 2015 - 2:50 pm
- ACT domestic violence workers trained to better respond to technological abuseAugust 13, 2015 - 2:48 pm
- Domestic Violence Orders on their own can make violence worseApril 7, 2015 - 1:40 pm
- Mother of three calls for stronger measures to protect victims of domestic violenceApril 7, 2015 - 1:40 pm
- Justice system failing domestic violence victims: expertApril 7, 2015 - 1:39 pm
- Time for Tony Abbott to step up and tackle domestic violence in AustraliaApril 7, 2015 - 1:38 pm
- ACT government to strengthen domestic violence lawsApril 7, 2015 - 1:37 pm
- Domestic violence law reforms a ‘knee-jerk reaction’, Canberra defence lawyers sayApril 7, 2015 - 1:37 pm
- Domestic violence sufferers ‘unnecessarily re-victimised’ under ACT’s protection order lawsApril 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm
DVPC reports and submissions
This section contains Submissions, research reports, and other papers prepared by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council relating to domestic violence.
- ACT Domestic and Family Violence Data Collection Project ReportSeptember 12, 2017 - 11:03 am
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Forum: Domestic and Family Violence forumJune 19, 2017 - 1:11 pm
- Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACTJune 19, 2017 - 1:02 pm
- DVPC Extraordinary Meeting Report to Attorney-GeneralApril 17, 2015 - 5:10 pm
- Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Domestic ViolenceOctober 28, 2014 - 10:41 pm
Events and Consultations
The Domestic Violence Prevention Council works to raise public awareness of the issues involved with domestic violence. Following are the details of upcoming events and details about past activities.
Follow the links to find out more about the ACT and National Plans, and to relevant websites, research and publications.
- Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022November 6, 2014 - 10:13 am
- ACT Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017October 29, 2014 - 10:18 am
- The National Plan to Reduce violence Against Women and their ChildrenOctober 29, 2014 - 10:15 am