Welcome to the latest edition of the AWAVA Weekly Round-Up. This week, we look at the outcomes of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Friday, which included a focus on Domestic and Family Violence. The COAG Communiqué provides an overview of the discussions, which led to agreements on the development of a national domestic violence order scheme and a $30 million national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children.
Around the Country
- In the lead up to the COAG meeting 62 women’s organisations released an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for the $30 million earmarked for an awareness building campaign to be redirected to primary prevention initiatives and for robust, long-term funding for specialist women’s services.
- In the aftermath of the COAG meeting women’s organisations continued their call for increased funding for specialist women’s services and for the implementation of the Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
- The Hon. Scott Morrison, Minister for Social Services, announced more than $15 million funding for specialist family services nationwide that support children and parents experiencing family violence, alcohol and drug issues.
- Journalist Jenna Price has questioned why Australian Governments are cutting funding to services that are working to address violence against women.
- In New South Wales, a man has been charged with over 100 offences in what police describe as one of Australia’s worst cases of domestic violence.