Domestic Violence Statement

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Countering Violence Against Women and their Children

Recent tragic deaths in our community serve as a stark reminder of the seriousness and impact of domestic violence. The ACT Government is determined to support our hard-working service providers, police and emergency services, community organisations and schools to help end this scourge of violence, and aid those experiencing such violence.

New action to counter domestic violence in this year's Budget builds on long standing and ongoing support for the sector.

In 2015-16, the Government will:  

Part of an ongoing effort to stop violence in our homes

This new funding builds on the ongoing funding for specialised accommodation, outreach and specialist domestic and sexual violence services, and for women and children at risk of homelessness including:

Our frontline service providers are working hard every day to help those experiencing family and domestic violence:   

  • ACT Policing attended 2,848 incidents with 1,984 criminal offences identified in 2014
  • The Director of Public Prosecution commenced criminal proceedings against 425 defendants in 2013-14
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service supported people living with or escaping violence through 33,426 contacts in 2013-14. This included 1,408 crisis interventions such as attending with or immediately after police attended a victim's home
  • Victim Support ACT supported 136 new clients in 2013-14
  • Legal Aid ACT assisted in the delivery of 1,116 legal support services in 2013-14
  • 15 per cent of families in the expanded Strengthening Families model have identified domestic violence as a current issue
  • In 2013-14, 529 people with whose primary need was related to domestic or family violence received support from the ACT Specialist Homelessness Services.

Additional funding is one part of wider reforms

The ACT is the leading jurisdiction in Australia in its proactive and coordinated approach to violence against women and children.  During 2015 the Government will bring forward reforms beyond Budget initiatives, including:

The Government will also establish a Coordinator-General for Domestic and Family Violence in the ACT which will oversee strategic efforts in this area and drive the Second Implementation Plan for the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017.

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