All Australian governments are strongly committed to reducing the alarming rates of violence against women and their children in this country.
Commonwealth, state and territory governments are working together, with the community to implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan). The National Plan is a 12-year strategy with a vision that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.
This is the Second Action Plan of the National Plan. It runs from 2013 to 2016 and contains 26 practical actions that all governments agree are critical if we are to move ahead in improving women’s safety.
The First Action Plan laid a strong foundation for the changes we want to see in the future by establishing essential national infrastructure and innovative services.
The Second Action Plan will build on this by increasing community involvement in actions that will prevent the violent crimes of domestic and family violence and sexual assault. It will focus on women and communities that have diverse experiences of violence, on strengthening and integrating services and systems, and on improving responses to perpetrators across the country. Governments will also continue to work together to build and improve the evidence base around violence against women and their children, and to bring together and disseminate research that can inform policy and practice.
Reducing violence against women and their children is a community issue - it needs effort from us all. Living free from violence is everyone’s right, and reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility.