Prevention of family and domestic violence

The Department of Communities is working to our vision of a Western Australia where all people live free from family and domestic violence.

Family and domestic violence continues to be a significant and devastating issue in Western Australia. It takes many forms and occurs across all cultural groups, ages and sexual diversity groups.

The Department of Communities (Communities) is the lead agency coordinating strategy and policy direction in the prevention of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. Communities also plays a key role in the operational response to family and domestic violence in Western Australia.

Communities priority initiatives include:

Other useful links

  • The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 provides the framework for action by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to reduce violence against women and their children. The National Plan is being implemented via four three year action plans.
  • Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) is an independent, not-for-profit company established as an initiative under Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. It is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.
  • Our Watch was established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.
  • The Stop it at the Start campaign aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and have conversations about respect with young people.
Page reviewed 15 October 2021