National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

24 July 2014

Commonwealth, state and territory governments are working together, with the community to implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan).

Released in 2011, the National Plan is a 12-year strategy that aims to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.

On 27 June 2014, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott launched the Second Action Plan: Moving Ahead 2013–2016 which comprises joint areas of work that all governments agree are critical to reducing violence against women and their children and improving women’s safety.

The Victorian Government signed up to the National Plan in February 2011. The National Plan both builds on and contributes to the work that the Victorian Government is doing through Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children 2012–2015.

Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women

A key success of the National Plan has been the creation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children – jointly established by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

The Victorian Government has contributed over $6.4 million (up to 2017) to the work of the Foundation that seeks to prevent violence before it occurs through changing attitudes and building relationships, communities and organisations that are gender equitable and non-violent.

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

To ensure the actions identified in both the Victorian and National Plans respond effectively to violence against women and children, the Victorian Government is providing $1 million over three years (2013–2016) and will actively participate in the work of the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).

The funding will enable research efforts to be maximised and avoid duplication enhancing ANROWS work in building evidence regarding the complex causes and contributing factors to violence against women and children and the best ways to prevent and respond to them.

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