Government creates new body to tackle family violence

Marise Payne (Facebook/Marise Payne)

A Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commission will be established to ensure “real and tangible” improvements are achieved under the next national plan to end violence against women and children. Source: ABC News.

The Government made the announcement last night, mere moments before an embargo was due to lift on Labor’s pledge to appoint a domestic, family, and sexual violence commissioner to advocate on behalf of victims and survivors if it wins the next election.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese is due to officially announce the policy this morning, along with a commitment to fund 500 extra case workers, financial counsellors, and child support staff to take pressure off stretched crisis services providing support to women fleeing abusive relationships.

In a joint statement, Minister for Women Marise Payne and Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston said $22.4 million will be invested over five years to establish the new commission, which will have research and secretariat staff.

It will be tasked with supporting the development of policy to address violence against women, developing relationships with the sector and improving cooperation between the commonwealth and states and territories.

“The next National Plan will be an ambitious blueprint to end violence against women and children, but it must be more than words,” Senator Payne said.

The Government is yet to release the new 10-year National Plan, which will come into effect when the existing plan lapses in June next year.

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Federal government to appoint a Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission (By Nour Haydar, ABC News)

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