‘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
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.
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:
- family violence and the court system
- the effect of domestic violence on children
- diverse experiences of domestic violence
- Indigenous insights and experiences
- using behavioural insights to reduce domestic violence
- organisational best practice
- innovative uses of technology
- technology-facilitated abuse
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.
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?
- Follow the campaign on social media: https://www.facebook.com/DVPCCanberra
- Go to the What can you do? About domestic and family violence, (including sexual violence) in the ACT website where you can find information about domestic, family and sexual violence and find out what you can do and where you can go: helpstopdv.org.au
- Share our videos:
- If you would like to help create awareness about this important issue in your workplace, organisation or through your networks, we have four posters you can print out and use. We also have copies of the posters in A3 size in our office. If you would like to organise to come and collect some posters please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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.
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.
The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence released it’s report and recommendations on 30 March. The report canvasses the views heard by the Commission during its consultation processes and covers a broad range of topics including risk assessment, information sharing, service system pathways, police and court responses, perpetrator accountability, offences and sentencing, housing, financial security, recovery, the experience of children and young people and people from diverse communities, system governance and oversight, industry planning, primary prevention, and the role that the health system, faith communities and workplaces can play in addressing family violence. The report from the Commission makes 227 recommendations to address systemic issues. The Victorian Government has already agreed to adopt all of the recommendations.
You can read it at http://www.rcfv.com.au/Report-Recommendations
While ACT Policing last week announced that call outs to reports of domestic violence in Canberra had dipped in the last financial year, the ACT’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) received almost 5,000 calls from women needing urgent assistance during November and December. This was a 34.5% increase across November and December compared with the same period in 2014, when 3,269 calls were received.
Across November and December, DVCS also conducted face-to-face crisis visits with 393 families to support them after domestic violence incidents, which was a 22% increase compared with the same period in 2014, an accommodated 24 women in a hotel, which was a 54 % increase on the previous year.
Over the full year of 2015 DVCS received 21,361 calls, compared to 16,270 in 2014 – a 23% increase.
DVCS Executive Director Mirjana Wilson said that the holiday period over Christmas and New Year was a time during which domestic violence occurred in a higher reported numbers of incidents, often due to the added financial stress and the extra time spent with family. Access issues – who has the kids and when – can also come to a head at this time.
Marcia Williams, Chair of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, said that the increased focus and messages about domestic violence by the ACT and Commonwealth governments throughout the year, as well as strong media coverage of the issue, had contributed to women deciding to get help.
The increase in demand over November and December compared to the previous year reinforces the need for more resources for front line domestic violence services to meet the demand, and to ensure services are available for the safety of women and children.
Domestic violence in the Media
- Canberra MLA, Bec Cody reveals her story about being a DV survivorAugust 23, 2019 - 1:20 pm
- 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
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.
- Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022August 23, 2019 - 1:22 pm
- 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