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Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence—Policy approaches and responses

INVITATION FOR PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS

Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety

The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (the Committee) invites written submissions, from interested organisations and individuals, to its inquiry into domestic and family violence—policy approaches and responses. Further information is available from the Committee inquiry homepage at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/standing-committees-current-assembly/standing-committee-on-justice-and-community-safety/inquiry-into-domestic-and-family-violencepolicy-approaches-and-responses

The Inquiry’s terms of reference (T of R) are available at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/standing-committees-current-assembly/standing-committee-on-justice-and-community-safety/inquiry-into-domestic-and-family-violencepolicy-approaches-and-responses.  Submissions should address some or all of the T of R.  Written submissions should be lodged by COB Friday 22 September 2017. The Committee will be releasing a discussion paper in July 2017.

The Committee has a broad public interest mandate and is not in a position to determine the rights and wrongs of individual cases.  The Committee process is not a forum to resolve issues pertaining solely to individual cases or grievances but is a forum to explore the general matters of principle, policy or public administration relevant to the T of R. The Committee will be confining its inquiry to the T of R.

The Committee prefers to receive typed submissions electronically, although handwritten submissions are acceptable.  All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a postal address and telephone contact number.  Submissions should be forwarded to:

Dr Andréa Cullen, Secretary, Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, ACT Legislative Assembly, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601. E-mail: committees@parliament.act.gov.au

Guidelines to assist individuals and organisations to make their submissions can be accessed via the Assembly's website at: http://www.parliament.act.gov.au/in-committees/committee-activities

Submitters are advised that it is completely within the discretion of the Committee to decide whether or not a person or organisation lodging a submission should be invited to appear as a witness.  The Committee expects to commence holding public hearings in October/November 2017.

For further information please refer to the Committee inquiry homepage or contact the Committee Secretary, Dr Andréa Cullen, on (02) 6205 0142.

To inquire into and report, on:

  1. the adequacy and effectiveness of current policy approaches[1] and responses in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in the ACT;
  2. the implementation of the ACT Government’s 2016–17 funding commitments to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence in the ACT[2], in particular how outcomes are being measured;
  3. the issues and policy challenges (if any) for the ACT arising from the National funding and agenda/policy setting regime/framework—including how outcomes are measured and reported;
  4. best practice policy approaches and responses being undertaken in other jurisdictions to prevent and/or respond to domestic and family violence; and
  5. any other related matters.

The Committee notes that it has a broad public interest mandate and is not in a position to determine the rights and wrongs of individual cases. The Committee process is not a forum to resolve issues pertaining solely to individual cases or grievances but is a forum to explore the general matters of principle, policy or public administration relevant to the terms of reference.  The Committee will be confining its inquiry to the terms of reference.

The Committee will be calling for submissions to its inquiry shortly and is intending to commence holding public hearings in September/October 2017. The Committee is expecting to report to the Assembly as soon as practicable.

8 May 2017

[1] Policy approaches can include: primary prevention and community attitude campaigns; integrated intervention programs; mass-screening programs; programs for violence perpetrators; programs for victims who have been subject to domestic violence; legislative approaches; and criminal justice approaches.

[2] The 2016–17 Budget, delivered on 6 June 2016, included a $21.4 million domestic violence package—referred to as Safer Families. This initiative targets a number of areas, with an overall objective to ‘drive the next phase of reform in whole of government, community-backed responses to family violence’. It introduces new aspects to service integration and coordination in the ACT in a formal response to three commissioned reports on family violence in the Territory.

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Terms of reference PDF (154.1 KB) Word (89.0 KB)
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Discussion Paper - Domestic and Family Violence: Policy approaches and responses PDF (432.3 KB) Word (1.9 MB)
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Media Release - Call for written submissions - Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence PDF (207.4 KB) Word (93.0 KB)

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