The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022
Domestic and family violence and sexual assault are crimes that must be stopped. In Australia, around one in three women has experienced physical violence, and almost one in five has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
That is why the Commonwealth, state and territory governments worked with the community to develop a 12-year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).
Released in 2011, the National Plan explains what we are doing to reduce violence against women and their children. Its vision is that:
Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.
Over 12 years the National Plan aims to achieve:
A significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.
The National Plan focuses on the two main types of violent crimes that have a major impact on women in Australia–domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Research shows there is a strong link between violence against women and their children and how people view the roles of women and men. The National Plan focuses on stopping violence before it happens in the first place, supporting women who have experienced violence, stopping men from committing violence, and building the evidence base so that we learn more about ‘what works’ in reducing domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
These changes take time, which is why we need a long-term plan. Each of the four Action Plans build on each other over 12 years, and are designed so that we can look back at what has been achieved and refocus on what actions will make the most difference in the future.
To learn more about what is being achieved as part of the National Plan, download the Department of Social Services’ most recent eNewsletter.