The Domestic Violence Prevention Council recently undertook two consultations to inform our work, which closed on 31 January 2015. A wide range of organisations and individuals in the ACT contributed to them.
The Council sought views and ideas to inform it’s contribution about the content for the ACT’s 2nd Implementation Plan. The ACT is currently developing its 2nd Implementation Plan to support the ACT Prevention of Violence Against Women Strategy 2011-17. One of the Council’s strategic priorities is that ‘women experiencing violence receive consistent, effective responses from the criminal justice system, and that the system holds perpetrators to account’. Over time the ACT’s criminal justice system has been adapted to improve the response to family and domestic violence – in particular to treat it as a crime; hold the perpetrator accountable; protect the victim; and coordinate the criminal justice system’s response to the problem. The Domestic Violence Prevention Council sought views and ideas on what more could be done in terms of the Criminal justice system and how it operates beyond what has been done so far?