Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Domestic and Family Violence
I, and also on behalf of Senators Cash and Waters, move:
That the Senate—
(a) welcomes the release of Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, jointly produced by VicHealth, Our Watch and Anrows;
(b) notes the commitment by governments and communities to a shared response to the horror of family violence, and the need for a deep and lasting cultural change;
(c) acknowledges that 'Change the Story' details a national approach to preventing violence against women and children through:
(i) identifying what drives and contributes to violence against women,
(ii) providing evidence-based guidance to government and communities on how to strategically and effectively lead, coordinate, resource and support prevention efforts across Australia, and
(iii) informing and supporting the development of policy and legislation, prevention strategies, programming and advocacy that targets and seeks to reduce the drivers of violence against women;
(d) recognises the need for effective independent evaluation to achieve the best possible results in the reduction of violence and harm of violence against women and children; and
(e) acknowledges the need for a cross-party approach to enforcing a long-term strategy for ending the scourge of family and domestic violence.
Question agreed to.