Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence

March 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-208-5

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Foreword

Membership of the Committee

Terms of reference

List of abbreviations

List of recommendations

1. Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Scope of the inquiry
  Previous parliamentary inquiries
  Defining family violence
  Structure of this report
  A note on terminology

2. Family violence in Australia and the National Plan

  Definition of family violence
  Data and statistics on family, domestic and sexual violence
  Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic
  The current and next National Plan
  Committee comment

3. Governance, coordination and evaluation

  Roles and responsibilities of Australian governments
  Investing in preventing and responding to family violence
  Opportunities for improved coordination
  Monitoring and evaluation
  A national commissioner for family, domestic and sexual violence
  Committee comment

4. Non-physical forms of violence

  Coercive control
  Criminalisation of coercive control
  Other responses to coercive control
  Technology-facilitated abuse
  Financial abuse
  Other complex forms of violence
  Committee comment

5. Violence in diverse communities

  Children and young people
  Indigenous Australians
  Regional, rural and remote communities
  People identifying as LGBTQI
  People living with disability
  Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
  Elder abuse
  Men as victim-survivors
  Committee comment

6. Primary prevention

  What is primary prevention?
  The drivers of family, domestic and sexual violence
  Primary prevention initiatives
  Primary prevention for diverse communities
  Data and evaluation on primary prevention
  Committee comment

7. Early intervention and behaviour change

  Early intervention
  Perpetrator intervention programs
  Committee comment

8. Responses to assist victim-survivors

  Specialist family and domestic violence services
  Access to other services
  Workplaces and workers
  Committee comment

Additional comments – Labor members

  The need for a proper policy process
  Australian Government’s inaction
  Recognition of the Commonwealth’s role
  Action is needed now

A. Recommendations of previous parliamentary inquiries

  Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System
  Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
  House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
  Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee

B. List of submissions

C. List of exhibits

D. List of public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2358
Fax: +61 2 6277 8463
spla.reps@aph.gov.au