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.
The rate at which Canberrans are accessing legal aid services for domestic violence matters has risen at an alarming rate.
Tara Costigan’s family have urged Canberrans to keep their “voices loud” against domestic violence so others would not have to suffer as they have.
Canberrans have been urged to speak up and take action if someone they know is a victim or perpetrator of domestic or sexual violence.
Youth workers and anti-domestic violence campaigners believe early education for young people on gender and relationships will be a vital step in driving down rates of violence in the community.
The Executive Director of ACT’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service talked about a jump in demand for support services in December and January, with the service’s four-month “peak season” began in November.
Domestic violence in the Media
- Changes to the Safer Families Grants Program allow easier access to grants of up to $2,000 for people who have experienced domestic and family violence.November 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm
- We need to ‘see’ kids impacted by domestic violenceNovember 6, 2018 - 2:04 pm
- Access to restorative justice expanded to victims of family violence and sexual offencesNovember 5, 2018 - 10:42 am
- ACT’s unique approach to Family Violence OrdersMarch 2, 2018 - 2:13 pm
- ACT Violence Prevention Awards 2017November 28, 2017 - 11:24 am
- 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
DVPC reports and submissions
This section contains Submissions, research reports, and other papers prepared by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council relating to domestic violence.
- DVPC Extraordinary Meeting Report 2018October 12, 2018 - 9:35 am
- Final DVPC Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Inquiry into Domestic and Family ViolenceNovember 20, 2017 - 12:03 pm
- 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
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.
- Addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violenceMarch 7, 2018 - 2:39 pm
- 16 Days of Activism EventNovember 28, 2017 - 11:21 am
- Seminar – Working with Perpetrators of Domestic ViolenceNovember 23, 2014 - 8:23 am
- Latest DVPC ConsultationsNovember 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
- Seminar – The financial impacts and costs on women living with and leaving domestic violenceOctober 29, 2014 - 10:06 am
Follow the links to find out more about the ACT and National Plans, and to relevant websites, research and publications.
- New AIHW Report on family, domestic and sexual violenceMarch 2, 2018 - 2:08 pm
- National Domestic Violence Order SchemeNovember 28, 2017 - 11:25 am
- 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