WA seeks support for priority family and domestic violence initiatives

WA seeks support for priority family and domestic violence initiatives

Western Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Simone McGurk, will lead a delegation of community sector and academic experts at the national Reducing Violence Against Women summit being held in Adelaide this week.

Ahead of this significant summit convening, Premier Mark McGowan wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking ongoing funding for key initiatives to help reduce the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in our State.

Western Australia has the second highest incidence of family and domestic violence in our nation, following the Northern Territory.

The McGowan Government is looking at a suite of measures to further support Western Australians impacted by family and domestic violence.

The letter to the Prime Minister seeks ongoing commitments from the Federal Government for:

  • Funding for the Keeping Women Safe in their Home program;
  • Funding for family and domestic violence prevention programs working with men in the prison system; and
  • Recommencing the Stop It At The Start national awareness campaign with special focus on delivering the program within Western Australia.

The summit will focus on progressing the fourth action plan under the COAG National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. As part of the summit, Women’s Safety Ministers from across the nation will also meet.

The McGowan Government is committed to reducing violence against women and is delivering two new women’s refuges as well as extra education and prevention strategies to support victim safety and perpetrator accountability.

“The Western Australian community has been rocked by multiple family homicides, in addition to the thousands of reports of family and domestic violence each year,” said┬áPrevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk.

“There is no quick fix to this very serious issue and we all have an important role to play – the State Government, Federal Government and the general community.

“The funding Western Australia is seeking from the Federal Government provides support to victims, prevention programs and community education.

“I am looking forward to the summit and discussing how the States, Territories and the Commonwealth can work together to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and include communities throughout the country in this effort.”