The federal government has invested a further $100 million towards addressing physical and sexual violence across Australia. The funding is part of the government's Second Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
This will bring the government's contribution towards reducing violence against women and their children to approximately $200 million by June 30 2017. The second action plan builds on the work of the First Action Plan that was implemented in 2009 to ensure their are avenues for women to speak out about abuse they are experiencing and physical and sexual violence is not a hidden issue in Australia.
Three initiatives that the Second Action Plan will fund include:
- CrimTrac, which will receive $3.3 million towards developing and testing a prototype National Domestic Violence Order (DVO) Scheme that will be used for identification and enforcement of DVOs across Australia.
- 1800RESPECT, a national telephone and online counselling service, which will receive more than $1 million.
- A national data collection and reporting framework on violence against women and children, which will receive $1.7 million.
Each state and territory has supported the plan, however legislation against family and domestic violence varies across Australia, so it is important to get family law advice to learn what mechanisms are in your state.
Legislation in New South Wales for family and domestic violence
Police in New South Wales (NSW) recorded 126,325 domestic and family violence incidents in 2010. Of these incidents, police in NSW recorded 26,006 assaults, which represents approximately 40 per cent of assaults reported to the police.
The NSW government committed $50 million from 2010 to 2015 to the Domestic and Family Violence Action Plan, Stop the Violence, End the Silence, which aims to reduce domestic and family violence in NSW's and increase community awareness of the issue.
The action plan describes domestic violence as "violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour inflicted to control or dominate a person. It includes physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, social, economic and verbal abuse, harassment and stalking".
In NSW, courts can issue Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) to prevent future violence. Police can also issue urgent protection, which is a provisional order that protects the complainant from the defendant's behaviour for up to 28 days or until the case is heard by a court.
There are various courses of action you can take if you have a family or domestic violence issue, including mediation, collaborative law or recourse in the courts.
If you are have a family or domestic violence issue, you should seek family law advice.