Consultations begin on Second Action Plan to reduce violence against women and children

The Government has commenced consultations across Australia with stakeholders, civil society, business and State and Territory Ministers on the development of the Second Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Their Children 2010-2022.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said that the consultations would provide a valuable opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved under the First Action Plan including any gaps in its implementation, as well as supporting the development of the Second Action Plan.

“I have commenced formal discussions with my State and Territory counterparts to gauge the success of the First Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Their Children 2010-2022,” Minister Cash said.

“The First Action Plan focused on laying the foundation for long-term change in achieving a significant and lasting reduction in violence against women and their children in our society.

“The Second Action Plan will concentrate on ensuring Governments and civil society embed and build on the foundation laid over the past three years, specifically focusing on critical priorities that we know yield the greatest results, such as primary prevention.

“As would be expected, the National Plan enjoys strong support across Australia,” Minister Cash said.

In early February, roundtable conferences will be held in Adelaide and Canberra where stakeholders will have the opportunity to reflect on the process to date and help form the Second Action Plan.

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews said the Second Action Plan represents a crucial phase where meaningful cultural change can be achieved.

Minister Andrews said it is everyone’s responsibility to reduce violence against women and their children.

“By now we are all too aware of the shocking statistics associated with violence against women in Australia – each week one woman in Australia dies as a result of domestic and family violence,” Minister Andrews said.

“Furthermore, knowing that one in three women have experienced physical violence from the age of 15, it is incumbent on us as a society to ensure we implement a robust, effective Second Action Plan to address these unacceptably high figures.”

Information on National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Their Children 2010-2022 can be found at http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and- their-children