Women and children in Australia must be safe in their homes, safe on our streets and safe online. Domestic and family violence is never acceptable.
The 2016 Budget provides $100 million in new funding over three years to implement the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022. The National Plan is a 12-year strategy with a vision that women and children live free from violence in safe communities.
This builds on the $100 million Women’s Safety Package already being implemented by the Turnbull Government. The package focuses on three key areas:
Keeping women safe at home
Innovative technology is being trialled and used to keep women safe, including GPS trackers for perpetrators, safe phones and safety devices for homes.
We are expanding support to counselling services such as 1800RESPECT and Mensline.
Support and training for frontline services
Training is being expanded for frontline workers, including police, doctors, emergency department staff and social workers. Domestic violence units are being established in legal services.
Breaking the cycle of violence
To address the negative behaviours and attitudes that can lead to violence, we are providing additional resources to help teachers, parents and students learn more about respectful relationships.
In addition, the Turnbull Government recently launched the ‘Stop it at the Start’ national campaign to change young people’s attitudes to violence. This is a $30 million campaign, in partnership with state and territory governments.