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FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STRATEGIC PLANNING
The Department of Communities (the Department) is the lead agency responsible for family and domestic violence strategic planning in Western Australia.
The Department’s Family and Domestic Violence Unit coordinates family and domestic violence strategic planning by:
- identifying, informing and monitoring the development of government policy on family and domestic violence;
- coordinating an across government and community sector response to family and domestic violence; and
- facilitating community partnerships in addressing the issue of family and domestic violence.
AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS - FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DATA
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are working with state and territory police agencies to add family and domestic violence data items to existing recorded crime datasets. A family and domestic violence indicator has been added to the ABS for the 2014 Recorded Crime Victims collection and 2014-15 Recorded Crime Offenders collection.
Key findings from the ABS Recorded Crimes Victims experimental data collection released so far include:
- The victims of assault that are flagged as family and domestic violence offences are a significant proportion of all assaults victims recorded in each state and territory;
- There were 95 homicides and related offences (attempted homicides or manslaughter) where the police flagged the offence as family and domestic violence. This was almost 2 a week in 2014;
- 20-34 year olds were most likely to be victims in 2014 of family and domestic violence offences in all states and territories;
- Females were 2-4 times more likely to be victims of family and domestic violence assaults than men (four times more likely in SA and NT, three times more likely in WA and ACT, and twice as likely in NSW); and
- Female victims are between 3 and 12 times more likely to be victims of family and domestic violence related sexual assault.
The data can be found on the ABS website, here.
NATIONAL PLAN TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN 2010-2022
The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 was released on 15 February 2011 and provides the framework for action by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to reduce violence against women and their children.
The National Plan is being implemented via four three year action plans.
See the links below for further information about the National Plan including new initiatives, resources and progress reports. Links are also provided for Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and Our Watch (previously the Foundation to Prevention Violence against Women and their Children).
The Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)
National Plan latest news and e-newsletter
National Plan website