List of recommendations
The committee recommends the Commonwealth Government restore
funding cuts from legal services, housing and homelessness services and the
Department of Social Services grants program, and guarantee funding under the
National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for at least four years.
The committee supports the Productivity Commission recommendation
that Australian, State and Territory governments should provide an immediate
funding boost to legal assistance services of $200 million to address pressing
gaps in services.
The committee recommends all Australian governments work together
with stakeholders, including front line services and peak advocacy groups, to
develop a program to increase the capacity of services in the areas of
prevention, early intervention and crisis support in accordance with the
objectives of the National Plan and the Action Plans.
The committee recommends the Commonwealth Government supports
increased coordination and communication between legal systems across
The committee recommends the Commonwealth Government support and
expedite the harmonisation of intervention orders across jurisdictions. The
Commonwealth Government should also identify opportunities to share information
between agencies in order to address increasingly violent behaviour by
perpetrators and assist at risk individuals.
The committee supports the inclusion of respectful relationships
education in the national curriculum.
The committee recommends increasing the availability of
behavioural change programs for perpetrators and ensuring programs are evidence
The committee recommends the Commonwealth Government provide
funding certainty to Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s
Safety and National Services beyond 2016 to support the completion of longer
term research programs.
The committee recommends a review of policies and services
dedicated to the treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse in the Northern
Territory and their impact on domestic violence, including urgent consideration
to reinstate the Banned Drinkers Register.
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