Networkers, I thought it might be appropriate to publish from Labor's 2010 election policy, Equality for Women,an extract with the heading, Reducing Violence Against Women.
A Gillard Labor Government will implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. The National Plan will be a 12 year strategy to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, deliver greater justice for victims, and improve support services. The National Plan brings together the efforts of all governments and the community on an agreed set of common goals.
A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will support the implementation of the National Plan by increasing the Women’s Safety Agenda to over $100 million, a funding boost of $44.5 million over four years. This is on top of the $1.9 billion spent every four years on addressing domestic violence and sexual assault through payments, programs and services – including the additional $730 million in new funding invested by Labor since 2007.
New initiatives include:
$3.75 million for local community programs to prevent domestic violence and encourage respectful relationships including funding for sporting codes to establish zero tolerance programs in local sporting clubs.
$8.8 million for telephone support for frontline workers such as allied health professionals, child care and paramedics to better assist clients who have experienced violence.
$4.8 million for projects to improve services for victims of violence focusing on the health sector and on services provided to children, Indigenous women and women with disabilities.
$4.6 million for programs to develop effective ways to stop perpetrators committing acts of violence in the future.
$6.9 million for a new National Centre of Excellence to evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to reduce violence against women, improve best practice and support workforce development.
$14.9 million to conduct the Personal Safety Survey and National Community Attitudes Survey every four years to track the impact of the action plans.
A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will also improve sexual assault victims’ access to justice and develop a media code of practice on the reporting of sexual assault and domestic violence.
All funding will be fully offset, consistent with the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to return the budget to surplus in 2013, three years ahead of schedule. $17.4 million of this funding will be drawn from existing uncommitted funds.
A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will move to secure agreement to this plan from all States and Territories through the Council of Australian Governments.
The full policy document can be downloaded