March 13, 2020 / Our Watch media team
Our Watch today welcomes the announcement that governments will begin working on a Second National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
Domestic and family violence was put on the agenda of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting after Rowan Baxter brutally murdered his former partner, Hannah Clarke and their three children, Laianah, 6, Aaliyah, 4 and Trey, 3.
Responding to the COAG announcement about the second National Plan, Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly, said:
“As a National Plan Partner, we look forward to being actively involved in developing the Second National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children drawing on what we have learnt from the implementation of the first National Plan.
“The elevation of Women’s Safety Ministers’ meetings to a new COAG Council as a way to drive the enactment of the Fourth Action Plan is imperative to ensuring national action on violence against women.
“It’s great to see that the COAG Women’s Safety Council will work together to understand how to improve the effectiveness of current housing support for women experiencing violence.
“Housing is one important piece of the puzzle, however, there is a compelling need for additional, secure investment across the entire violence against women sector including crisis response, early intervention and primary prevention – covering system reform, research and policies to accelerate gender equality.
“We must also ensure that we implement actions led by and called for by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and listen to the experts on violence against women.”
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Our Watch leads 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.