VACANCIES

The ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) is calling for expressions of interest for appointment to two positions on the Domestic Violence Prevention Council.

The Council, which is established under the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986, has a number of functions including reducing the incidence of domestic violence offences in the ACT, improving collaboration between ACT Government agencies, and providing advice to the responsible minister on issues related to domestic violence. Further information about the work of the Council is available on the Council website at http://dvpc.org.au/.

The Council consists of the ACT Domestic Violence Project Coordinator and 12 other members, including at least six ‘community members’. The two positions, for which expressions of interest are sought, will become vacant in August 2018 due to the expiry of two existing appointments.  People interested in appointment to these positions must be community members who are familiar with, and capable of representing, the views and interests of the community on matters relating to domestic violence.

One of the vacant positions is for a person who is capable of representing the views and interests of people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands descent. The other vacant position is for a person who is capable of representing the views and interests of people of a non-English speaking background.

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council meets monthly. In addition to these meetings, members are expected to undertake additional work out of session including reading, preparation for meetings, and participating in sub-committees. The ability of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council to effectively discharge its statutory functions is dependent on members’ capacities to contribute in this manner.

Members are not remunerated for their work on the Council. Reimbursement for Council members’ expenses may be available on request. Successful nominees will be asked to sign a declaration relating to conflicts of interest and to abide by the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct.

 

Nominations for these positions should be submitted by 5.00pm 28 April 2018.

 

Expressions of interest of up to 2 pages addressing the requirements of a community member, together with a curriculum vitae, can be emailed to dvpc@act.gov.au or mailed to:

The Secretariat,

ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council

ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate

GPO Box 158

Canberra ACT 2601.

Addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violence

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC) – the ACT Government’s peak advisory body on Domestic and Family Violence—will be convening an Extraordinary Meeting on 4 April 2018 which will  bring together people with a lived experience of family and domestic violence and members from the community sector, the Legislative Assembly and key players from across government directorates such as Education, Justice and Community Safety, Health, the Human Rights Commission, and the Police, amongst others.

This Extraordinary Meeting follows an historic gathering in 2015 which led to the Safer Families package being developed, and a number of new initiatives and reform strategies underpinned by the $21 million Safer Families Levy, and will focus specifically on the needs of Canberra’s children and young people at the recommendation of the DVPC.

It is recognised that children and young people can be profoundly impacted by violence in the home even when the violence is not directed at them, and that children can be lost in the complex response to family and domestic violence. It is also acknowledged that long term trauma and impacts of violence are not widely understood by parents or the service system.

Domestic violence victim says lack of protections allowed ex to be ‘Teflon man’ with no consequences

‘Anne’ separated from her husband after a decade of physical and emotional abuse, only to find a lack of protections for victims of domestic violence allowed her ex-partner to continue to threaten, harass and abuse her from afar. View the full article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-19/domestic-violence-victim-calls-for-greater-online-protections/9132658

Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

The Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children was launched on Friday 28 October by the Prime Minister at the Council of Australian Governments’ National Summit in Brisbane, where all governments, experts and key stakeholders came together to connect, review progress and encourage an integrated response to reduce violence against women and their children.  The Third Action Plan sets out an agenda for achieving change, focusing on:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
  • Greater support and choice
  • Sexual violence
  • Responding to children living with violence
  • Keeping perpetrators accountable across all systems

 

The Third Action Plan has been informed by a number of reports and evidence from reviews, as well as national workshops and roundtables with over 400 stakeholders. For more information on the priority areas or the Third Action Plan, visit the National Plan website.

National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children

Next week, the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) will host a National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children in Brisbane on 27 and 28 October 2016. Several members of the Council will be attending as part of a delegation from the ACT.   At the summit, delegates are participating in a series of roundtable discussions on several topics about reducing violence against women and children, including:

A dedicated website has been established to ensure that the wider community can also engage with the Summit. The website can be accessed at: coagvawsummit.pmc.gov.au

To participate in the online roundtable discussions, you can register HERE  and submit your views and ideas on each individual roundtable page.

“Help Stop Domestic Violence” Campaign

It doesn’t have to end here. FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. We can all help.

The ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council has released a campaign which aims to create greater awareness in the ACT community about what domestic and family violence looks like, and who it affects, and to identify it as a community issue.

What can you do?

 

ACT Government Responds to Domestic Violence

The ACT Government have today released a response to family violence addressing the following reports:

Report of the Inquiry: Review into the system level responses to family violence in the ACT by Laurie Glanfield AM (April 2016;
Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACT by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council (May 2016); and
ACT Domestic Violence Service System Gap Analysis Project Final Report by the Community Services Directorate(May 2016).

The response can be viewed here: ACT Government Response to Family Violence

ACT Government releases three major reports into domestic and family violence

The ACT Government has released three reports on the impact of family violence on the ACT community and how our service system responds to this serious issue.

The reports are:

Report of the Inquiry: Review into the system level responses to family violence in the ACT by Laurie Glanfield AM

This Report of the Inquiry into the system level responses to family violence in the ACT outlines the nature of current responses to family violence and identifies opportunities for improvement to achieve better outcomes for ACT families.

Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACT by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council

This report presents the findings of a review of deaths that occurred as a result of domestic or family violence between 2000-2012 in the ACT. The review sought to provide a clearer picture of domestic and family violence in the ACT and provide advice to government to inform future decisions about violence prevention and detection mechanisms.

Domestic Violence Service System Gap Analysis Project Final Report by the Community Services Directorate

This report presents the findings of a gap analysis of the domestic violence service system in the ACT to look at current service delivery against best practice, with a focus on integration and collaboration.

The ACT Government is yet to respond to the three reports, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr promised a major package in next month’s budget.

1800RESPECT Support A Friend Campaign

1800RESPECT together with domestic violence advocates Rosie Batty and Geelong premiership player Jimmy Bartel, have launched a campaign to help Australians recognise the signs someone may be experiencing domestic violence and how best to support them.

The ‘Support a Friend’ campaign provides practical guidance to friends and family about warning signs to look out for and what they can do to safely support someone who has or is experiencing domestic violence including sexual assault.

The campaign features an informative video and infographic including a practical list of do’s and don’ts when supporting someone. You can watch the video below, and download the resources from the 1800RESPECT website.

Paint a positive future for our kids

Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers and Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand have committed to do everything within their power to prevent family violence, protect victims and hold perpetrators to account. This commitment is outlined in the Protecting Women and Children from Family Violence Leadership Statement.