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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 

Consultation

The Department of Communities undertook consultation between December 2018 and June 2019 to inform the Strategy’s development.

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

Our online survey invited Western Australians to share their thoughts on the proposed vision, principles and goals for the Strategy and ideas on how to prevent and respond to family and domestic violence.

A consultation paper (Word; PDF) was developed to complement the survey, allowing people to send a more detailed response 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.

Message to the Minister

We also invited people to send a message to the Hon. Simone McGurk, MLA, Western Australia’s first Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, responding to the question, “What do we need to do to prevent family and domestic violence in Western Australia?”.

Survey responses, written submissions and messages to the Minister have now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond. Your feedback will be used to inform the Strategy.

Updates

Email FDVStrategy@communities.wa.gov.au if you would like to receive updates on the Strategy.