List of recommendations
2.31 The committee supports
victims of domestic and family violence having access to appropriate leave
provisions which assist them to maintain employment and financial security
while attending necessary appointments such as court appearances and seeking
legal advice. The Commonwealth Government should investigate ways to implement
this across the private and public sector.
3.62 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government investigate ways to improve consultation with
the domestic and family violence sector, particularly in relation to the
evaluation of the National Plan and Action Plans and to inform the development
of future Action Plans.
3.67 The committee recommends
that the Prime Minister table an annual report to Parliament on progress in the
effort to eliminate domestic and family violence, including listing all
relevant funding decisions.
4.49 The committee recommends
that the Australian Bureau of Statistics, along with Commonwealth, state and
territory bodies involved in the development of the Personal Safety Survey
consider the concerns raised during this inquiry about the adequacy of sampling
sizes of particular subgroups within the community, such as women with a
disability, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,
immigrant and refugee women, and Indigenous communities and endeavour to
address these issues prior to the conduct of the next PSS.
5.59 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government lead and coordinate the work to facilitate
data collection pursuant to the National Data Collection and Reporting
5.61 The committee recommends
that the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and other relevant organisations, investigate
the feasibility of developing systems and tools which would enable survey
questions, delivery and data analysis developed pursuant to the National Data
Collection and Reporting Framework to be modified and made available for
organisations to use on a local level.
5.65 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government provide necessary secure funding to ANROWS
until at least the end of the implementation of the National Plan in 2022
to provide for the continuation of its research work and to enable ANROWS to
conduct longitudinal research.
6.67 The committee
recommends that the Commonwealth Government consider focusing on work that
reinforces the value of school based education across all age groups on respectful
relationships and responses to domestic and family violence.
6.68 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government, in light of the strong evidence pointing to
the crucial need to prioritise primary prevention, take responsibility to lead
and coordinate the delivery of these essential programs.
6.76 The committee recommends
that governments ensure additional investment in primary prevention initiatives
does not result in a reduction of funding for crisis services and that
sufficient resources are available for any increased demand for services
following specific campaigns.
7.52 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government ensures the work being undertaken by COAG to
develop a set of national outcome standards for perpetrator interventions use
standards which are robust and sufficiently specific to ensure perpetrators are
held accountable for their actions and the standards are demonstrably effective
in breaking the cycle of violence. This work should consider the particular
needs of ATSI, CALD and LGBTI perpetrators as well as those in regional areas.
7.54 The committee recommends
that the recent report by the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT be
considered by the COAG Advisory Panel to assist COAG to identify other
opportunities to hold perpetrators to account and change their behaviours.
8.47 The committee recommends
the Commonwealth Government, through COAG, establishes and resources a
subcommittee of First Ministers to enable jurisdictions to share the results of
trials and to coordinate the development of best practice policy and service
responses to domestic and family violence.
8.48 The committee recommends
the Commonwealth Government, through COAG, take leadership in the facilitation
of effective police responses to domestic and family violence, encouraging states
to implement targeted training and programs.
8.54 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government recognise the need to provide appropriate
services to male victims of domestic and family violence.
9.65 The committee recommends
that the Evaluation Plan for the National Plan include a coordinated status
report on the consideration of the recommendations in the 2010 report by the
Australian and NSW Law Reform Commissions.
9.71 The committee recommends
the Commonwealth Government through the Attorney-General's Department,
coordinate the development of consistent training for and evaluation of family
consultants who write family reports for the Family Court alongside the
development of a national family bench book by June 2017.
9.72 The committee recommends
the Commonwealth Government, through the Attorney-General's Department and
COAG, facilitate the training of all judicial officers who preside over family
violence matters, alongside the development of a national family bench book by
9.75 The committee recommends
that every effort is made by the Commonwealth Government to ensure that the
critical work being undertaken by the COAG ministerial council to:
national domestic and family violence order scheme;
progress on a national information system to enable police and courts to share
information on active DVOs;
national standards to ensure perpetrators of violence against women are held to
account at the same standard across Australia, for implementation in 2016; and
strategies to tackle the increased use of technology to facilitate abuse
against women and to ensure women have adequate legal protections
is completed in accordance with
the timetable agreed by COAG in April 2015.
10.67 The committee recognises
the importance of the provision and availability of supportive housing models
to assist victims of domestic and family violence to find safety for themselves
and their children. The committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government
should play a lead role in identifying programs that could be implemented
across the country, and in ensuring that specialist and 'wrap around' support
services have access to dedicated, secure funding.
10.68 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government, through COAG, facilitate the evaluation of
existing legal measures and support programs that facilitate the removal of
perpetrators of domestic and family violence from the family home so that
victims many remain safely at home. If those legal measures are found to be
successful, that the Commonwealth encourage all states to adopt nationally
consistent 'ouster order' laws and support programs.
10.72 The committee recognises
the long term effort required to address domestic and family violence and
recommends that the current Commonwealth short-term funding arrangements should
be extended to a multi-year approach to reduce the level of uncertainty for
services and to allow for adequate future planning in the sector.
10.73 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government take a lead role in the provision of
affordable housing solutions in Australia to meet long-term needs for those
made homeless by domestic and family violence and in order to address the
backlog of victims who cannot access affordable housing which stakeholders have
identified during the inquiry.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government consider the framework
developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) as part
of the cross–jurisdictional work it is leading through COAG to ensure the
development of an integrated and focused effort to reduce the role of alcohol
as a contributing factor in cases of domestic violence.
10.77 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government work with the states and territories to
improve the availability of alcohol rehabilitation services, including
culturally appropriate services for those living in regional and remote
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