Senate debates

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Questions without Notice

Women's Safety

2:42 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

This week I announced that we're committing $4.2 million to trial a new domestic violence deterrence program as part of our commitment to end violence against women and children, which is part of our $1.1 billion Women's Safety Package. Early interventions are absolutely essential if we are to reduce violence. That's why perpetrator programs are such an important part of our response. It is absolutely unacceptable that, in Australia, around 50 per cent of perpetrators will commit a further domestic violence offence within four years of their initial offence.

The Coordinated Enforcement and Support to Eliminate Domestic Violence Program aims to deter perpetrators from reoffending through overt monitoring and clear consequences for repeat offending behaviours. The program will be delivered by the Australian Institute of Criminology, working in close contact with the state and territory police forces. A similar program has been highly successful in the US by holding offenders to account for their behaviour.


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