Senate debates

Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Domestic and Family Violence

3:48 pm

Photo of Stirling GriffStirling Griff (SA, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 2019 report, Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia continuing the national story, which states that:

  (i) family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue affecting people of all ages and from all backgrounds, but mainly women and children,

  (ii) 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15, and

  (iii) Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner;

(b) acknowledges the Federal Government's commitment of $340 million in the 2019-20 budget to support the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022;

(c) further acknowledges the Minister for Social Services' recent announcement of only $2 million towards men's behaviour change programs which will involve group sessions, counselling and home visits, taking place only in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and run only to June 2022;

(d) recognises that domestic violence is borderless, affecting every community in Australia; and

(e) calls on the Federal Government to:

  (i) fund behaviour change programs in every state and territory,

  (ii) fund behaviour change programs that are tailored to indigenous communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities as well as the broader Australian community, and

  (iii) increase funding for behaviour change programs.

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Photo of Scott RyanScott Ryan (President) Share this | | Hansard source

Leave is granted for one minute.

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) Share this | | Hansard source

The Morrison government takes domestic violence seriously. The Stop it at the Start campaign uses social marketing and takes a primary prevention approach to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their own attitudes and have conversations about respectful relationships with young people aged 10 to 17 years. In November and December, the Stop it at the Start campaign appeared online and on bus shelters and public infrastructure, with the information reaching almost 10 million users. It received six million views and was shared 20,000 times and liked or reacted to 83,000 times, with many instances of the resources being downloaded. Material for the next phase of the campaign, 'respond and reinforce', is under development.

Question agreed to.