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Our Watch response to the Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

May 31, 2020 / Our Watch media team

Responding to today’s announcement by Senators Payne and Ruston of the terms of reference for the Inquiry on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said:

“Our Watch acknowledges the commitment of all governments to addressing violence against women and the importance of an intensified focus on this ongoing national emergency that sees on average one woman a week killed by a current or former partner.

“We stand ready to work with the Australian Parliament and experts in the sector to advise this Inquiry, while at the same time, encouraging the government to implement recommendations from previous inquiries and accelerate action on this issue.

“In order to prevent violence against women, we must continue to utilise and expand on the extensive evidence base we have on what drives violence against women so we can stop it before it starts.

“In order to be most effective, this Inquiry would work hand-in-hand with the development of a Second National Plan to Reduce Against Women and Their Children, which was announced by the Federal Government earlier this year.

“This Inquiry also provides an opportunity to inform the Federal Government’s COVID-19 crisis recovery plan, to ensure we advance gender equality and prevent violence against women as we take action to respond and recover from the social, health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.

“It’s promising to see a commitment to including the experiences of all women.

“In order to do this, it will be important for the Inquiry to listen to and act on the expertise and recommendations of women’s and specialist violence against women organisations, including organisations led by and working with women who experience multiple forms of discrimination, such as racism, homophobia and discrimination on the basis of disability.”

Media contacts

Laurelle Keough – laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au, media@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930.

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit: www.ourwatch.org.au

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.