The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022

Domestic and family violence and sexual assault are crimes that must be stopped. In Australia, around one in three women has experienced physical violence, and almost one in five has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

That is why the Commonwealth, state and territory governments worked with the community to develop a 12-year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).

Released in 2011, the National Plan explains what we are doing to reduce violence against women and their children. Its vision is that:

Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.

Over 12 years the National Plan aims to achieve:

A significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.

The National Plan focuses on the two main types of violent crimes that have a major impact on women in Australia–domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Research shows there is a strong link between violence against women and their children and how people view the roles of women and men. The National Plan focuses on stopping violence before it happens in the first place, supporting women who have experienced violence, stopping men from committing violence, and building the evidence base so that we learn more about ‘what works’ in reducing domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

These changes take time, which is why we need a long-term plan. Each of the four Action Plans build on each other over 12 years, and are designed so that we can look back at what has been achieved and refocus on what actions will make the most difference in the future.

The Second Action Plan 2013-2016

The Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) was launched on Friday 27 June by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. For further information view the Second Action Plan media hub.

What is the Second Action Plan?

The Second Action Plan: Moving Ahead 2013-2016 (the Second Action Plan) is an important step forward for the National Plan. The Second Action Plan was released on 27 June 2014 and will build on the First Action Plan to channel efforts towards ongoing and new priorities, and broaden communication and consultation mechanisms to engage more sectors, groups and communities.

To develop the Second Action Plan, national roundtables were held in February 2014 that were attended by around 100 experts and organisations. Over 50 written submissions were also received. During 2013-2014, consultations were undertaken with key stakeholders across governments, civil society, and the broader community about particular actions under the National Plan. These included the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children, ANROWS and work around perpetrators of violence.

The Second Action Plan contains five National Priorities and 26 actions, which are joint areas of work that all governments agree are critical to moving ahead in reducing violence against women and their children. These are:

  • National Priority One: Driving whole of community action to prevent violence
  • National Priority Two: Understanding diverse experiences of violence
  • National Priority Three: Supporting innovative services and integrated systems
  • National Priority Four: Improving perpetrator interventions
  • National Priority Five: Continuing to build the evidence base

The Second Action Plan recognises that domestic and family violence and sexual assault do not occur in insolation from other challenges faced by individuals and communities. The Second Action Plan will strengthen linkages with other significant national reforms to drive a holistic response to reducing violence against women and their children. This includes work addressing female genital mutilation, trafficking and human slavery, disability, homelessness, children, and settlement services for refugee and migrant women.

The First Action Plan 2010-2013

The First Action Plan: Building a Strong Foundation 2010-2013 (the First Action Plan), laid a strong foundation for long-term change. This included through the establishment of essential, national-level infrastructure to inform future policy and service delivery and to engage the community in reducing violence against women and their children.

Key initiatives established under the First Action Plan include Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children and The Line social marketing campaign. Innovative national services were also set up to support women who have experienced violence, such as 1800RESPECT, Australia’s first national professional telephone and online counselling service for women experiencing, or at risk of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

Reporting and Evaluation

Monitoring and reporting progress under the National Plan is vital to ensuring the prevalence of violence against women and their children is decreasing. The National Plan also includes a commitment to evaluate the National Plan, its effectiveness and efficiency. Evaluations will cumulatively measure progress toward achieving a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children by 2022.

For a detailed outline of how evaluations will be conducted, see the National Plan Evaluation Plan

Further Information

The National Plan

The Second Action Plan

The Second Action Plan, in brief.

Documents for the broader community:

The First Action Plan 2010-2013

Evaluation and Reporting

Key Historical Documents

Statistics and Research

Media

More media information, including media releases, ministerial videos and speeches, is available at our Media Hub

Do you need help?

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence or sexual assault, get help by calling:

  • 000 if you, a child, or another person is in immediate danger
  • 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
  • Relationships Australia – 1300 364 277
  • Mensline – 1300 789 978

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