Additional support for victims of revenge porn and domestic violence

 

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will provide an additional $10 million to support victims of revenge porn and domestic violence.

This additional funding will improve research and education to counter the risk of technology-facilitated abuse by ensuring women’s privacy and safety are protected and young people understand the impact of their actions.

The Coalition’s commitment to keeping women and children safe from domestic and family violence is comprehensive, multi-faceted and unwavering.

Sexual violence is a heinous crime and revenge porn is a grave violation of a person’s freedom.

Increasing reliance on technology presents new mediums in which perpetrators can subject victims to intimidation and harassment. Equally, such technologies present us with innovative ways in which to educate and protect those who might be at risk of technology-facilitated abuse.

As part of our unprecedented commitment to end domestic violence, the Coalition will confront this issue head on.

The $10 million will be invested in initiatives that are designed to:

  • Establish a national online complaints mechanism where victims can report cases of intimate photos or videos being posted without consent (ie. “revenge porn”) and access immediate and tangible support;
  • Counter the impact of pornography in society with targeted information and educational resources to shift attitudes and behaviours in young people;
  • Identify gaps in, and impediments to, information sharing about victims and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence between jurisdictions; and
  • Strengthen research and data collection around the forms of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

These initiatives are based on advice from the COAG Advisory Panel on Domestic Violence led by Ken Lay and Rosie Batty.

The Turnbull Coalition is steadfast in our commitment that violence and intimidation will not be tolerated under any circumstance – physical, emotional or virtual.

The specific initiatives to be funded from this $10 million will be identified in consultation with the States and Territories, relevant stakeholder organisations and the community.

The additional $10 million will be funded through the $100 million allocated in this year’s Budget to fund the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

No Commonwealth government has ever invested as much in the critical area of tackling domestic violence, with approximately $275 million spent each year on programmes that directly support women and their children who experience domestic violence.

The Turnbull Coalition is resolute in its commitment to ensure women and children are safe in their homes, safe on the streets and safe online.