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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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policy context


A guide to the Commonwealth, state and territory government’s frameworks and policies to reduce violence against women and their children.


The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is a national framework developed by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and the community to see a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children, so Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.

Alongside the National Plan, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments have additional frameworks and policies to reduce violence against women and their children within their jurisdictions.

These, along with information about the minister with portfolio responsibility for women and the prevention of violence and sexual assault, can be found below. See also current inquiries and submissions relevant to domestic and family violence, and women’s safety.


Commonwealth

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Women The Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Women from Tuesday 29 May 2019
Visit website (02) 6277 7500 (02) 9687 8755
Minister for Families and Social Services The Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and Social Services
Minister for Families and Social Services from Tuesday 29 May 2019
Visit website (02) 6277 3753 (08) 8586 6600
All Commonwealth
Government Ministers
Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 A 12-year plan developed by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, along with the community to outline and connect the important work being done to reduce violence against women and their children. Its vision is that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities. Over 12 years the National Plan aims to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. Visit website
Stop it at the Start Campaign Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and have conversations about respect with young people. The campaign is aimed at parents and family members of children aged 10–17, as well as the teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of young people. Visit website

ACT

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Women, & Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Hon. Yvette Berry MLA

Deputy Chief Minister
Minister for Education and Early
Childhood Development
Minister for Housing and Suburban
Development
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Women from January 2015
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic
and Family Violence from October 2016
Visit website (02) 6277 7560 (02) 9465 3950
All ACT Government Ministers Visit website
The ACT Ministerial Advisory
Council on Women
Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
ACT Women's Plan 2016-26 The ACT Government is committed to removing barriers to enable women and girls to reach their potential, contribute to innovation and ideas and to take up leadership positions. The ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26 articulates the ACT Government’s plan to achieving this commitment. Visit website

NSW

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP
Minister for Family and Community Services
Attorney General

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence from Tuesday 2 April 2019
Visit website (02) 8574 6390 (02) 9527 1477
Minister for Women The Hon. (Bronnie) Bronwyn Taylor, MLC
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women

Minister for Women from Tuesday 2 April 2019
Visit website (02) 8574 5350 (02) 8574 5350
All NSW Government Ministers Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
NSW Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy 2017-2021 ‘The Strategy’ sets out a direction for the way NSW Government agencies, non-government organisations and communities, design and implement prevention and early intervention strategies over the next four years. Visit website
NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children The Blueprint sets out the directions and actions to reform the domestic violence system in NSW over the next five years, including the framework for building an effective system that addresses the causes and responds to the symptoms of DFV. Visit website
NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-2021 The NSW Sexual Assault Strategy 2018-2021 is a comprehensive framework to improve prevention and response to sexual assault. The Strategy delivers a three year, whole-of-government approach to sexual assault in NSW for the first time. Visit website
Domestic Violence Death Review Team The Domestic Violence Death Review Team (DVDRT) was established in 2010 under the Coroners Act 2009 (NSW) to review deaths occurring in the context of domestic violence in New South Wales. The review has both a qualitative (individual case) and quantitative review function. The DVDRT aims to develop and promote domestic violence intervention and prevention strategies so as to reduce the likelihood of deaths occurring in similar circumstances in the future, and to improve the response to domestic violence more generally. Visit website

NT

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Territory Families The Hon. Dale Wakefield MLA
Minister for Renewables and
Essential Services
Visit website (08) 8936 5685 (08) 8951 5463
All Northern Territory Government Ministers Visit website
The Office of Gender Equity and Diversity Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
Policy Framework for Northern Territory Women 2015-2020 The policy framework for Northern Territory women 2015-2020 sets the Northern Territory Government’s policy direction and priorities for women. Visit website
Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018 - 2028 Safe, Respected and Free from Violence The Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 represents theNorthern Territory Government’s ten year strategy to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence. It builds on the achievements of the Northern Territory Government’s previous domestic and family violence strategy –Safety is Everyone’s Right. This new framework – Safe, Respected and Free from Violence – reflects our combined efforts, knowledge and ideas to reduce violence and work together to achieve safer homes, communities, workplaces and schools. Visit website

QLD

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Hon. Dianne Farmer MP
Minister for Child Safety, Youth
and Women and Minister for the
Prevention of Domestic and Family
Violence from Tuesday 12 December 2017
Visit website (07) 3719 7330 (07) 3914 2100
All Queensland Government Ministers Visit website
End Domestic and Family Violence Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 The Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 is a vehicle to drive change across all sectors of the Queensland community. It sets the direction for collaborative action to end domestic and family violence in Queensland, encouraging partnerships between the government, community and business. The Strategy outlines a shared vision and a set of principles to guide action across government and the community, including a staged 10-year plan on how we will get there. Visit website
Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland In 2014, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia, was established. The Taskforce was requested to examine Queensland’s domestic and family violence support systems and make recommendations to the Premier on how the system could be improved and future incidents of domestic violence could be prevented. The Special Taskforce provided its final report Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland to the Premier on 28 February 2015, bringing its work to a close. Visit website
The Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory board The Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board is responsible for the systemic review of domestic and family violence deaths in Queensland. The establishment of the board was a key recommendation from the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence Final Report, Not Now, Not Ever: Ending domestic and family violence in Queensland (Queensland Government). Visit website

SA

Contact Website Electorate
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for the Status of Women The Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC
Minister for Human Services
Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion
Minister for Social Housing
Minister for Youth
Minister for Volunteers
Minister for Disabilities
Minister for Women from March 2018
Visit website
Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Carolyn Power MP Visit website
All South Australian Government Ministers Visit website
Office for Women Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
South Australia's Women's Safety Strategy 2011-2022 A Right to Safety outlines the reforms we will drive in South Australia as part of our commitment to The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (The National Plan). Following endorsement from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the National Plan brings together government and community efforts across Australia to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women. Visit website

TAS

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Women The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Disability Services and Community Development
Minister for Sport and Recreation
(03) 6165 7770 (03) 6165 7825
All Tasmanian Government Ministers Visit website
Women in Tasmania Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania's action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022 Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania's action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022 (Safe Homes, Safe Families) is the Tasmanian Government’s, coordinated, whole-of-government action plan to respond to family violence. Safe Homes, Families, Communities represents the next stage of the Government’s long-term commitment to preventing and responding to family violence, and the new response to sexual violence. Safe Homes, Families, Communities invests $26 million over three years for 40 actions to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence in Tasmania under three priority areas: primary prevention and early intervention, response and recovery, and strengthening the service system. Visit website

VIC

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Women,
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
The Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP
Minister for Women
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
Minister for Youth
Visit website (03) 6165 7825
All Victorian Government Ministers Visit website
Women Victoria Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
Free from violence - Victoria's prevention strategy The focus of this strategy is on preventing two overlapping and related forms of violence; family violence and violence against women. The scope of this strategy is primary prevention – preventing violence before it starts by focusing on settings where inequality and violent behaviour are shaped. Visit website
Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change outlines how the Victorian Government will deliver the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations, ensure victim survivor safety and build a future where Victorians live free from family violence. Visit website
The Rolling Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2020 The Rolling Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2020 is the next step towards implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence that will contribute to achieving a vision for a future where Victorians live free from family violence, outlined in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change. Visit website
Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths The Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths (VSRFVD) was established in 2009. It was introduced to assist Victorian Coroners investigating family violence related deaths involving children and adults. The aims of the VSRFVD are:

  1. to examine deaths suspected to have resulted from family violence;

  2. to identify risks and contributory factors associated with deaths resulting from family violence;

  3. to identify trends and patterns in deaths resulting from family violence;

  4. to identify trends and patterns in responses to family violence;

  5. to provide coroners with information obtained through the exercise of the VSRFVD’s functions described in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d).


The VSRFVD is led by the State Coroner of Victoria.
Visit website
Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy Safe and Strong, Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy, sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time. We aim to progressively build the attitudinal and behavioural change required to reduce violence against women and deliver gender equality. The Strategy draws on global evidence of what works in gender equality. Visit website
Primary prevention activity and infrastructure in Victoria A snapshot of primary prevention activity and infrastructure in Victoria. Through Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, the Victorian Government has made a commitment to build primary prevention across the state in order to ensure that all communities are safe, respectful and empowered. As part of this commitment, the Department of Health and Human Services commissioned Ernst and Young to undertake a high-level mapping of primary prevention activity and infrastructure across Victoria. Visit website

WA

Contact Website Parliament
Phone number
Electorate
Phone number
Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Community Services The Hon Simone McGurk MLA
Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services from 17.03.17
Visit website (08) 6552 6600 (08) 9336 7000
All Western Australian Government Ministers Visit website
Strategy to end violence against women and their children Visit website
Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022 Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022 is Western Australia’s framework for responding to family and domestic violence. It provides a long term focus to 2022 and aligns state priorities with the focus areas of the National Plan. The Outcomes of the Prevention Strategy are: prevention and early intervention; safety for victims; accountability for perpetrators. Visit website
Freedom from Fear Action Plan 2015: Working towards the elimination of family and domestic violence in Western Australia The Freedom from Fear Action Plan 2015: Working towards the elimination of family and domestic violence in Western Australia (the Action Plan) has been developed in consultation with government and community sector stakeholders. The Action Plan focuses on engaging and responding to perpetrators of family and domestic violence and sets out 20 actions under five priority areas. Visit website
Family and Domestic Violence Fatality Review On 1 July 2012, the Ombudsman commenced a new role to review family and domestic violence (FDV) fatalities. A FDV fatality is a death that is caused directly or indirectly by a person who was in a family or domestic relationship with the deceased. The Ombudsman has a number of functions in relation to the review of family and domestic violence fatalities: reviewing the circumstances in which and why FDV deaths occur; identifying patterns and trends that arise from reviews of FDV deaths; and making recommendations to public authorities about ways to prevent or reduce FDV deaths. Visit website

National

National Plan partners Website
ANROWS is funded under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, along with the below organisations and programs.
1800RESPECT 1800RESPECT is Australia’s first national, professional telephone and online counselling service established by the Commonwealth Government under the National Plan. Visit website
DV-Alert DV-alert is the only nationally accredited and nationally delivered free training program designed to help health and allied health workers better understand and identify domestic and family violence and improve their referral and support skills. Visit website
Our Watch Our Watch is an independent, not for profit organisation established to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children. Visit website
The Line The Line is Australia’s long-term, evidence-based social marketing campaign that encourages healthy, equal and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women. Visit website
White Ribbon White Ribbon Australia is a national public education, primary prevention campaign to end male violence against women. Visit website
National women's alliances Website
In Australia there are six National Women’s Alliances (the Alliances) who represent over 180 women’s organisations. They bring forward the views, voices and issues of Australian women and, in particular, women from marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The Alliances take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.
The Harmony Alliance The Harmony Alliance provides advocacy and support for migrant and refugee women. Visit website
The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) AWAVA focus is addressing all forms of violence against women, to 'ensure that all women and children are able to live free from all forms of violence and abuse' Visit website
Equality Rights Alliance Equality Rights Alliance is Australia’s largest network advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity. Visit website
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. Visit website
The National Rural Women's Coalition The National Rural Women's Coalition provides a collaborative voice for women living in rural, remote and regional Australia. Visit website
Economic Security4Women (eS4W) eS4W is a national women’s alliance united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society. Visit website
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network Website
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network was established in 2011 as an initiative of state and territory death review processes, and is endorsed by all state and territory Coroners and the Western Australian Ombudsman. Visit website
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