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:
- Path to Safety: Western Australia’s strategy to reduce family and domestic violence 2020-2030 and the supporting Action Plans
- two new women’s refuges
- One Stop Hubs delivering a range of specialist support services from a single location
- the WA Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program in partnership with the Department of Education and Starick Services
- the 16 Days in WA campaign to prevent violence against women
- establishing an Office for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.
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.