The Hon. Sabine Winton MLA, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence has convened a Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce to consider and provide advice about reforms, and identify actions to strengthen responses to family and domestic violence in Western Australia.
About the Taskforce
The Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce was established to help guide the next phase of the State's efforts to address family and domestic violence, building on the Government's ongoing work and more than $200 million of investment.
Establishment of a Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce was a key measure requested by the family and domestic violence sector.
The taskforce has been convened to consider and provide advice about reforms, and identify actions to strengthen responses to family and domestic violence. As a first priority, the taskforce will oversee or auspice a consultation process to design the role, composition and processes for a Lived Experience Advisory Group.
The taskforce will also:
- Identify additional strategic areas for system reforms, including minimising barriers that prevent results, like victim-survivor safety and perpetrator accountability, as well as improving cross-system coordination and collaboration.
- Consider, prioritise and advise on responses to key sector priorities.
- Identify options to strengthen case coordination across Government, through improved information and data sharing.
The taskforce is time-limited, planned for six months. The first meeting was held on 19 September 2023.
For further information, contact the secretariat on the email opposite.
On Tuesday 28 November, Premier Roger Cook announced $72.6 million in new funding to strengthen responses to family and domestic violence.
This investment comprises a range of initiatives including primary prevention, crisis response, perpetrator intervention, recovery and healing, and workforce development.
The funding package has been informed by the Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce, which has provided advice about regional gaps in services, opportunities for further investment in prevention and the importance of supporting and funding Aboriginal-led responses to family violence experienced by Aboriginal people.
The Government has considered these issues in the allocation of funding that comprises the $72.6 million funding package.
Further information regarding this funding announcement is available in the following media statement.
Family and Domestic Violence Taskforce – Terms of Reference
Media statement, 12 September 2023: Important steps to bolster family and domestic violence response
Media statement,19 September 2023: Taskforce convenes to bolster family and domestic violence response
Information about Taskforce members.