Government runs out of ideas, calls in experts for answers on slowing down domestic violence

A rapid-fire probe into gendered-violence prevention has been launched following a sharp rise in the number of women killed this year.


May 28, 2024, updated May 28, 2024
A woman attends a rally to a call for action to end violence against women, in Canberra, Sunday, April 28, 2024. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

A woman attends a rally to a call for action to end violence against women, in Canberra, Sunday, April 28, 2024. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

A team of experts on gender-based violence, social policy, diversity and inclusion, men’s mental health and the justice system has been assembled to offer practical advice to the federal government.

The first part of the research will be completed by the end of June.

A number of high-profile cases involving women who were killed by men they knew has sparked public outcry and put the government under pressure to do more.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said one life lost to intimate partner homicide was one too many.

“In order to reach our shared goal of ending violence against women and children in one generation we must have a considered focus on perpetrator intervention and prevention activities,” she said in a statement.

Labor has promised to end violence against women and children in one generation.

The newly-assembled panel will consider all opportunities to intervene and prevent incidents, including “stronger accountability and consequences for people who choose to use violence”.

Shifting attitudes and accelerating that process will also be investigated.

Australia’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner Micaela Cronin, Commonwealth Office for Women executive director Padma Raman and Department of Social Services secretary Ray Griggs will co-convene the panel.

Leigh Gassner, assistant commissioner at Victoria Police, will also be on the panel, as will journalist and coercive control educator Jess Hill, along with other experts from relevant fields.

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In Australia, one-in-five women and one-in-16 men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

Women were most likely to experience harm at the hands of an intimate partner.

National cabinet held an emergency meeting earlier in May on domestic violence prevention.

Following the meeting, the government pledged more than $900 million to make permanent a program to provide one-off $5000 payments to women fleeing violence.

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