Family and domestic violence is a serious public health and social issue with significant economic costs to individuals, communities and government.
Prior to the last State election a coalition of key organisations formed the Safe Systems Coalition. This Coalition called on all political parties to ensure the prevention of violence against women and their children is at the top of the government’s agenda.
One year on, the first Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence has been appointed and several important election commitments designed to keep victims of family and domestic violence safe have been met.
The McGowan Government’s commitment to a cross government approach is welcomed to support effective policy reform aimed at ending the violence.
The Coalition commend moves such as the establishment of the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee to prioritise family and domestic violence.
But we know there is considerable more work to be done if we are to see a sustainable reduction of violence against women and children in this state.
The launch of today’s Blueprint for Action identifies the systemic gaps that are failing to achieve safe and just communities for women and children living with family and domestic violence and to hold perpetrators accountable.
This Blueprint from the sector will be a strategic resource for the McGowan Government to consider whilst consolidating their longer term plans to address the impacts and drivers of family and domestic violence.
We look forward to working with the State Government to further reduce and prevent the unacceptable levels of violence perpetrated against women and children in Western Australia and promote safe and healthy communities.