On 12 October 2018, the Domestic Violence Prevention Council’s report was released which outlines a number of recommendations arising from the Extraordinary Meeting held in April this year, and which focuses on the needs of children and young people impacted by domestic and family violence including sexual violence.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Council contributed a submission to the ACT Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy approaches and responses, being conducted by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.
This report from the Domestic Violence Prevention Council presents the findings from the ACT Domestic and Family Violence Data Collection Project, which was commissioned by the then Attorney General, Simon Corbell. The Council was asked to identify options for improving domestic and family violence data collection in the ACT. The aims of the project were to:
- Identify existing domestic and family violence data in the ACT;
- Identify a core set of domestic and family violence indicators for the ACT;
- Measure performance against the indicators using the existing data; and
- Identify gaps and develop a plan to improve data collection.
To build a stronger evidence base for domestic and family violence in the ACT, the Council recommended that a mandatory minimum dataset for demographic and domestic and family violence data is developed and implemented.
On 29th and 30th March 2017 an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Forum: Domestic and Family Violence was hosted by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council and facilitated by Coolamon Advisers. This forum was the product of a partnership between the Domestic Violence Prevention Council and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.
The forum explored barriers to, and opportunities for improving, services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT affected by family violence. The attached Report details the discussions.
This report from by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council 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.
On 18 March 2015, the Legislative Assembly passed a motion calling on the ACT Government to work with the DVPC to convene an extraordinary meeting. The DVPC Extraordinary Meeting, which was held on Thursday 2 April 2015, assisted the DVPC to identify the key issues in the ACT relating to addressing domestic and family violence, including sexual assault.
The Meeting gave attendees the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation about how the ACT Government and other stakeholders could strengthen and improve responses to this issue. The meeting was attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including community experts, frontline workers, first responders, and importantly, people with lived experience of domestic violence.
Following the Meeting, the DVPC provided the Attorney-General with a report outlining a number of recommendations for addressing domestic and family violence, including sexual assault, in the ACT.
Of particular note, the DVPC has recommended to the Attorney-General that focus should be put on:
- establishing an integrated whole-of-government service delivery system to ensure that all ACT Government Directorates work together to deliver connected and well-targeted services and responses;
- challenging and changing cultures and attitudes towards domestic and family violence, including sexual assault, through primary prevention methods such as education in schools and community and workplace discussions; and
- ensuring that existing services are maintained and available to meet demand, including services for perpetrator intervention and specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Council contributed a submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry into Domestic Violence.
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