Background Paper to Time for Action: the National Council's plan for Australia to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, 2009-2021


In May 2008 the Government established an 11-member national council which was tasked was to provide the Government with advice on the development of an evidence-based national plan of action to reduce violence against women and their children. The Council, with the support of the Government, conducted significant research to assess the existing evidence, the operation of legal systems and the economic cost of violence against women. In addition, the Council also consulted with more than 2,000 Australians – survivors of violence; perpetrators of violence; educators; service providers; people living in rural and remote areas; members of Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities; women with disabilities; members of the judiciary; representatives of the State and Territory Governments; and, members of the public. This background paper includes a summary and overview of the measures that Australia’s states and territories and some Commonwealth Government agencies have adopted to prevent and respond to sexual assault and domestic and family violence. The evidence presented in the paper has been used to inform the Council’s plan of action report.

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