Our Key Areas
Influencing National Policy on Violence against Women
AWAVA provide leadership and advocacy at state and national levels in relation to all aspects of violence against women and girls.
We provide expert policy advice as well as carry out monitoring of policies, legislation, programs and practices which impact on women and children experiencing gender-based violence.
AWAVA transfers specialised knowledge from the preventing and responding to violence sector and highlights the experiences of women in situations of multiple disadvantage including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
- Women with disabilities
- Women in rural and isolated areas
- Older women
- Younger women
AWAVA provides representatives for national reference groups and other advisory mechanisms for a range of Government and non-government bodies. We represent the interests of women and children who experience gender-based violence. We recognise the diversity of women’s experiences and the need for comprehensive policy that addresses the root causes of violence and service responses that meet the needs of all women and children who experience violence.
Supporting the Implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children
AWAVA supports, provide advice on and promote the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
AWAVA acts as a conduit between the preventing and responding to violence sector and the Commonwealth Government. We support the implementation of the National Plan by sharing information about the Plan, opportunities for civil society engagement and participation, and key achievements and initiatives with the women’s sector.
AWAVA also monitors the implementation of the National Plan and provides recommendations and advice to the Commonwealth Government on the achievements and challenges of the preventing and responding to violence against women sector.
Key ways in which AWAVA have supported the development and implementation of the National Action Plan includes:
- We participated in Second National Action Plan Roundtables
- We made a Submission to the Department of Social Services on the Development of the Second Action Plan under the National Plan to reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22
- We were a member of the National Plan Implementation Panel (NPIP)
- We participating in the National Plan Working groups
AWAVA also supports the work of key institutions established under the National Plan including: