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10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence

The State Government is developing a 10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence in Western Australia (the Strategy). It will guide a whole of community approach to prevention and earlier intervention, victim safety and perpetrator accountability. 

The Strategy will include a focus on access and inclusion, and consider the unique and diverse needs of Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, and people in regional and remote Western Australia. 

A dedicated approach to Aboriginal family safety

The Strategy will also include a dedicated approach to Aboriginal family safety. This is in recognition of the significant over-representation of Aboriginal women and children as victims of family violence, the ongoing impact of colonisation for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and the importance of community owned and led responses grounded in Aboriginal law and culture.

Dedicated consultation processes that focus on working alongside Aboriginal people are being developed to inform this approach. For further information please contact FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au 


Have your say!

To inform development of the Strategy, the Department of Communities is undertaking extensive consultation between December 2018 and June 2019 and wants to hear from all Western Australians. Have your say through a range of options, outlined below.

Face-to-face consultations

Face-to-face consultations will be held with service providers, community leaders and service users in regional and metropolitan WA.

Upcoming sessions

  • 20 May – Perth

  • 22 May – Karratha

  • 28 May – Albany

  • 30 May - Perth

This webpage will be updated as consultation details are confirmed. Email FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au to receive updates or to register your interest in a session near you.


Complete the survey to tell us what you think about the proposed vision, principles and goals for the Strategy and to share your ideas about how to prevent and respond to family and domestic violence.

If you require an alternative format please contact FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au

The closing date for the survey is Thursday 30 May 2019.

Consultation paper 

Provide written responses to the consultation paper (Word; PDF) to tell us what you think about:

  • preventing family and domestic violence;
  • improving victim safety and wellbeing;
  • supporting perpetrator accountability and behaviour change; and
  • creating a safe, accountable and collaborative service system.

The consultation paper (WordPDF) is designed to complement the survey and enable more detailed written responses. 

Responses can be emailed to FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au or mailed to:

Family and Domestic Violence Unit
Department of Communities
99 Plain Street, East Perth 6004

If you require an alternative format please contact FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au

The closing date for written submissions is Thursday 30 May 2019.

Message to the Minister

‘What do we need to do to prevent family and domestic violence in Western Australia?’

Send a message to the Hon. Simone McGurk, MLA Western Australia’s first Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.