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More progress needed to reduce violence against women

June 19, 2021

A report into family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia by the Federal Government shows that while some progress has been made to reduce violence against women and children, there is much left to do.

Emerge has welcomed the report from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on the Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, and in particular its support for an integrated whole-of-service-system response to family, domestic and sexual violence across jurisdictions.

The committee found there is much work still to be done across all levels of government, service systems and community to achieve the objectives of the current National Plan, and the 88 recommendations contained in the report are slated to inform the development of the next National Plan.

Paula Westhead, Executive Officer, said the report stood Australia in good stead when planning the next plan.

“A high priority are the suite of recommendations for legislative and service changes to better support victim-survivors on temporary and migration visas. This is much welcomed,” Paula said.

The recommendation to adopt a consistent shared definition of family violence, which reflects the diverse experiences and voices of all victim-survivors including children, LGBTIQA+ people, people with a disability, and older people was well received too by Emerge.

She said the recommendations relating to national data collection across the breadth of the service system were critical for setting and tracking tangible outcome measures, but again this will be a huge task.

“This will involved strong consultation with family violence services like Emerge to make sure that appropriate measures are not only put in place but also implemented.”

 

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