The Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC) was established in 1997 as an independent statutory body under the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986.  The Council’s authority and accountabilities are shaped by legislation and the Council Standing Orders.  The Council is the peak body to offer advice to the ACT Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on issues relevant to its responsibilities on domestic violence.

The Council consists of the ACT Domestic Violence Project Coordinator and  12 other members.  The members include at least six people as ‘community members’ including representatives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the culturally and linguistically diverse community.  The Council also has a representative of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and a representative of Canberra Rape Crisis Service. The remainder of the Council is made up of representatives from the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate; the Justice and Community Safety Directorate; and ACT Policing.

To see the legislation follow the link Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986.pdf