The Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children has been announced and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments.
AWAVA has prepared an analysis of the Fourth Action Plan mapping it against our earlier submission during the consultations.
In summary, the Fourth Action Plan is positive in articulating some strong principles for addressing violence against women and their children in a holistic way and is to be welcomed for giving attention to diverse groups of women previously marginalised in policy development. Challenges remain in embedding an intersectional lens in policy, resourcing (in particular to specialist women’s services), and systems improvements in key areas including migration, family law, and social security. AWAVA looks forward to working closely with the government towards the development of a robust implementation plan for the Fourth Action Plan that addresses measures of prevention and response to VAW in a holistic manner.
At the 2019 Domestic Violence NSW Conference Imagining a world without gendered violence, AWAVA Program Manager Dr. Merrindahl Andrew presented findings from a 2018 survey conducted to consult on the development of the Fourth Action Plan, and AWAVA’s policy position on and analysis of the Fourth Action Plan. Find the slides from the presentation here: