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.
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.
The call for submissions has now closed. 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 November 2017.
For further information please refer to the Committee inquiry homepage or contact the Committee Secretary, Andrew Snedden on (02) 6205 0199.
To inquire into and report, on:
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
 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.
 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.
|Terms of reference||PDF (154.1 KB)||Word (89.0 KB)|
|Sub No. 01 - Family Court of Australia||PDF (17.6 MB)|
|Sub No. 01a - Family Court of Australia||PDF (720.2 KB)|
|Sub No. 02 - Confidential||PDF (140.6 KB)|
|Sub No. 03 - AIDS Action Council of the ACT||PDF (687.2 KB)|
|Sub No. 04 - ACT Women’s Health Service||PDF (240.5 KB)|
|Sub No. 05 - Toora Women Inc.||PDF (1.5 MB)|
|Sub No. 06 - Canberra Community Law||PDF (1.7 MB)|
|Sub No. 07 - Dr Joan Garvan||PDF (1.0 MB)|
|Sub No. 08 - Advocacy for Inclusion||PDF (1.4 MB)|
|Sub No. 09 - Care Inc.||PDF (1.3 MB)|
|Sub No. 10 - Dr Robyn Holder||PDF (792.7 KB)|
|Sub No. 11 - Domestic Violence Crisis Service||PDF (886.4 KB)|
|Sub No. 12 - UnionsACT||PDF (791.6 KB)|
|Sub No. 13 - ACT Director of Public Prosecutions||PDF (1.1 MB)|
|Sub No. 14 - ACT Bar Association||PDF (480.1 KB)|
|Sub No. 15 - Beryl Women Inc.||PDF (1.2 MB)|
|Sub No. 16 - Domestic Violence Prevention Council||PDF (1.0 MB)|
|Sub No. 16a - Domestic Violence Prevention Council||PDF (169.7 KB)|
|Sub No. 17 - ACT Women's Services Network||PDF (1.2 MB)|
|Sub No. 18 - Menslink||PDF (489.2 KB)|
|Sub No. 19 - Women with Disabilities ACT Inc.||PDF (1.0 MB)|
|Sub No. 20 - Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education||PDF (9.4 MB)|
|Sub No. 21 - ACT Council of Social Service Inc.||PDF (1.3 MB)|
|Sub No. 22 - ACT Government||PDF (5.7 MB)|
|Sub No. 23 - Our Watch||PDF (11.3 MB)|
|Sub No. 24 - Women's Electoral Lobby||PDF (701.5 KB)|
|Sub No. 25 - Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing||PDF (598.9 KB)|
|Sub No. 26 - Women's Centre for Health Matters||PDF (2.0 MB)|
|Sub No. 27 - ACT Human Rights Commission||PDF (2.4 MB)|
|Sub No. 28 - Women's Legal Centre (ACT & Region)||PDF (1.9 MB)|
|Sub No. 29 - Legal Aid ACT||PDF (4.2 MB)|
|Sub No. 30 - White Ribbon Australia||PDF (2.9 MB)|
|Sub No. 31 - National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum||PDF (1.2 MB)|
|Sub No. 32 - ACT Policing||PDF (8.4 MB)|
Public Hearings Schedule
|Responses to QToN—Public hearing of 23 November 2017||PDF (3.8 MB)|
|Responses to QToN—Public hearing of 8 February 2018||PDF (165.4 KB)|
|Responses to QToN—Public hearing of 8 March 2018||PDF (185.7 KB)|
The Committee received comment from the Restorative Justice Unit (RJU) regarding pages 28–30 of its discussion paper. The response to the discussion paper as received from the RJU is attached.
|Discussion Paper - Domestic and Family Violence: Policy approaches and responses||PDF (432.3 KB)||Word (1.9 MB)|
|Discussion Paper - Comment from Restorative Justice Unit||PDF (159.9 KB)|
|Media Release - Call for written submissions - Inquiry into Domestic and Family Violence||PDF (207.4 KB)||Word (93.0 KB)|