Media Release by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Domestic Violence: National Forum on Latest Approaches and Trends – Perth, 10-11 December

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today reinforced the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to eliminating domestic violence in announcing Across the Lifespan: Violence Throughout the Lives of Women and Girls, the fourth national Commonwealth Government forum on domestic violence.

“Domestic violence occurs across our entire community and affects women and girls of all ages,” Senator Vanstone said. “This conference brings together people who are committed to finding ways of responding to and preventing domestic violence.

“One of the greatest challenges in addressing domestic violence is confronting the assumption that it only occurs in particular places and not in our own backyards. Another is changing the view that domestic violence is only the responsibility of those involved.

“What the Commonwealth Government’s Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiative shows is that no community is immune from domestic violence, but many have tackled the problem by trying new ways of doing things.

“This forum is about finding out and sharing what works to stop violence in the lives of all women and girls,” Senator Vanstone said.

The two-day forum is funded by the Commonwealth’s Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiative. It brings together service providers, researchers, policy makers and those working in the field from across Australia to share research findings and exchange information and ideas on a range of innovative and creative approaches.

Projects that are successfully addressing the needs of various groups such as Indigenous communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, older women, women in rural and remote communities and women with disabilities, will be presented in seven conference workshops.

The Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiative is a $50 million Commonwealth Government programme, working with State and Territory governments and the community to prevent and reduce domestic violence.

Where: Sheraton Perth Hotel, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA
When: Media are invited to attend 9am Monday 10 December