Media Release by The Hon Tanya Pibersek MP

Attorneys-General receive update on Rudd Government’s anti-domestic violence strategy

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Robert McClelland MP, Attorney-General

Attorneys-General have welcomed their update on progress of the Rudd Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children Chair Libby Lloyd AM, briefed the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) today in Brisbane.

“Australian Governments are determined to reduce violence against women in Australia”, Mr McClelland said.

“National Plan community consultations have identified a number of trouble spots in relation to how different pieces of legislation work or do not work well together, including family law, child protection and State/Territory domestic and family violence and sexual assault legislation”, Mr McClelland said.

Tanya Plibersek, welcomed SCAG’s support for the work of the Council and importance of all levels of government working together with the community to reduce violence against women.

“The Council’s depth of research and consultations over the past six months will ensure the draft National Plan of Action is evidence-based and reflective of the innovation and ideas being pursued in communities to make women and their children safer”, Ms Plibersek said.

“I am also delighted the Attorney-General and his State and Territory colleagues signed up as White Ribbon ambassadors as an expression of their personal and professional commitment to engage men in stopping violence against women.”

The Council will present a draft copy of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children at the end of the year.

The National Plan will enable all levels of government and the community to:

  • better support victims of violence;
  • ensure that the legal system is effective; and
  • reduce violence for future generations.