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Call for written submissions

Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence

The ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Justice and Community is calling for written submissions to its inquiry into domestic and family violence—policy approaches and responses.

The Committee is calling for written submissions to the Inquiry and will also directly invite key stakeholders, interest groups and organisations, to lodge submissions as part of the Inquiry.  The Inquiry’s terms of reference (T of R) are available at Submissions should address some or all of the T of R.  The call for submissions closes on Friday 22 September 2017.  The Committee will be releasing a discussion paper in July 2017.

‘This inquiry is important—domestic and family violence causes physical and psychological harm, destroys families and erodes communities. Responding to such violence requires a variety of policy approaches and 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.  It is vital that the effectiveness of these approaches and associated government responses is examined,’ the Committee Chair, Mrs Giulia Jones MLA, said.

Specifically, as part of the T of R—the Committee is inquiring into: (i) the adequacy and effectiveness of current policy approaches and responses in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in the ACT; (ii) the the implementation of the ACT Government’s 2016–17 funding commitments to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence in the ACT, in particular how outcomes are being measured; (iii) 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; (iv) best practice policy approaches and responses being undertaken in other jurisdictions to prevent and/or respond to domestic and family violence; and (v) any other related matters.

The Committee Chair added, ‘the Committee encourages interested individuals and key stakeholder groups and organisations to make a written submission to this important inquiry’.  The Committee expects to commence holding public hearings in October/November 2017.  Further information on the Inquiry is available at:

MEDIA INVITATIONThe Committee Chair, and Deputy Chair, will be available for interview/comment:






15 June 2017


Courtyard—adjacent to the Chamber—ACT Legislative Assembly

STATEMENT ENDS—Thursday 15 June 2017



Mrs Giulia Jones MLA

(for comment on the inquiry)

Committee Chair

(02) 620 50234

Dr Andréa Cullen

(for further information)

Committee Secretary

(02) 620 50142


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