Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022

On Friday 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, agreeing on five national priorities to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence.

Canberra MLA, Bec Cody reveals her story about being a DV survivor

Canberra MLA, Bec Cody reveals her story about being a domestic violence survivor in this ABC news article.

Report on the Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence

Report on the Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence

The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety tabled it’s Report on the Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy Approaches and Responses on 22 August 2019.  A copy of the report can be found here.

That is Violence Campaign

Women with disability – who account for 20% of the Australian female population – are affected by domestic abuse and violence at a rate higher than other women. Women with disability also suffer from domestic violence for longer, waiting on average 3.3 years before reaching out for help, compared to an average of 2.3 years for other women.

This new campaign aims to increase awareness for women with disability. It clarifies what violence is, and the situations or circumstances where it can arise and have developed posters to assist with the messaging.

People impacted by sexual assault, family and domestic violence can access support from 1800RESPECT, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

That is Violence Campaign is launched by 1800RESPECT.

ACT Government responds to DVPC recommendations to improve supports for children and young people experiencing domestic and family violence

On 6 June the ACT Government released a response to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council report from the Extraordinary Meeting in 2018 about children and young people.

The report recommended action in five priority areas to further the ACT Governments capacity to understand and respond effectively to the needs of children and young people impacted by this violence. The government has accepted all of the recommendations and has provided practical steps for how these recommendations can be actioned.

A copy of the Government’s response can be found here, and the DVPC report from the Extraordinary Meeting 2018 can be found here.

Family Violence Law Help is now live!

Family Violence Law Help ( is a new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law and where to get help.

It can be used by people affected by domestic and family violence, educators and frontline workers.

Family Violence Law Help has free, easy to understand information about:

  • domestic and family violence
  • family law
  • child protection law
  • Family Violence Orders
  • where to get help

The website can be translated into different languages and has useful factsheets that can be downloaded or printed. It uses illustrations throughout to help with readability.

It also has information about the ACT Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS), who provide free legal and social support to people affected by domestic and family violence.

For a tour of the website, you can watch this short video or have a look yourself at

Family Violence Law Help was developed by Legal Aid NSW on behalf of National Legal Aid. The project has been funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

Any feedback or questions about the website can be sent to