The Australian Government today First Action Plan 2023-2027 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan under NATIONAL PLAN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN 2022-2032. These long-awaited plans include what federal, state and territory governments have agreed to do to advance the ambitious goal of ending domestic, family and sexual violence. are detailed.
In the first 32 weeks of 2023 alone, violence has killed 44 women. These action plans are developed at critical times to be addressed by advocates, academics and practitioners. I called More funding and clearer action to combat domestic, family and sexual violence.
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What is your action plan?
The Action Plan sets out national and state-based efforts across prevention, early intervention, response, recovery and cure.
Purpose of first action plan is to
Understand what governments are doing to end gender-based violence, what outcomes their actions and activities are aiming for, and the goals we are working toward.
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan This is the first dedicated plan to address violence against women and children in indigenous communities.
Developed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee and in consultation with indigenous communities. This provides a roadmap for addressing the disproportionately high rates of violence experienced by Indigenous women and children.
What promises are made?
This includes education and training across the judicial, professional and mainstream workforce, and promoting gender equality.
Specific actions outlined in the initial action plan include:
Funding to help strengthen education and training on family, domestic and sexual violence for mainstream community workers, health professionals and the judiciary.
Establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Advisory Council to provide advice and leadership on issues such as domestic violence, gender equality and programs and services for men.
Improve access to short-, medium- and long-term housing for women and children affected by violence
Improve behavior to prevent and address sexual violence and harassment in all settings
Better assist victims and survivors by providing trauma-based and culturally safe support that improves police responsiveness and justice systems and promotes safety and well-being. This includes holding those who choose to use violence to account.
One notable feature is national plan Emphasis on recovery and healing. The first action plan commits to strengthening trauma-based support and exploring new models of recovery for victims and survivors.
of national plan It also includes recognizing children and young people as victims and survivors in their own right.
of first action plan We are committed to developing and implementing age-appropriate and culturally safe programs across all four areas: prevention, early intervention, response, recovery and cure. These are informed by children and young people.
The details of how this will be achieved are unknown, but the commitment is very important. As we have said before, ending gender-based violence in one generation requires a focus on bringing about improvements that will have transformative consequences for the next generation.
How is success measured?
Notably, the evaluation of the previous plan was never made public. This is a serious lack of public accountability for efforts to reduce violence against women and children.
Great care and urgency are important in developing this measurement plan.Six national goals outlined in first action plan I focus:
- reduce the prevalence of intimate partner homicide
- Improve community knowledge about what domestic, family and sexual violence is
- Improve community attitudes.
It should be noted that this action plan It stipulates a commitment to reduce the number of women victims of intimate partner murder by 25% annually. No justification for aiming for this particular level of reduction is included.
The Action Plan also recognizes that changing attitudes is key to ending violence. This includes several goals related to changing community attitudes.
of first action plan Commit to reporting progress annually. This includes tracking the implementation of the actions contained in the two action plans. This is a much-needed check, ensuring accountability and transparency over the life of both action plans.
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What is needed now to ensure effective change and reduction of violence?
These action plans represent much-needed next steps to achieve our goals. national plan. Achieving the goals set will require urgency and a significant increase in funding.
The government has pledged an unprecedented $2.3 billion in budgets for 2022-23 and 2023-24 to address women’s safety and help deliver on these action plans.
As impressive as this sounds, it is not commensurate with the scale of the domestic violence, family violence and sexual violence crisis in Australia. Increased funding is urgently needed to accelerate the implementation of these action plans.
It is also important that reforms and efforts in this area are not siloed. Housing, financial security and child care are important aspects of ensuring women’s security. This is a government-wide project and must be led as such.
Progress must be driven by a commitment to safety and an acknowledgment of the urgent need to move forward with the actions in the plan. These should not be mere political instruments. It is the result of extensive consultations across Australia involving experts, advocates and survivors.
This effort must now be accelerated. Each action does not necessarily work. Monitoring is necessary to understand what is working for whom.
Agility is also required to ensure that efforts are made to maximize our chances of ending domestic, family and sexual violence in a generation.