No To Violence responds to Closure of Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence
Jacqui Watt, Chief Executive Office of No To Violence, writes to Senator Rex Patrick regarding the premature closure of the Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence. The letter highlights the long history of inquiries and reports, and calls on the Committee members to advocate for a reformed and properly coordinated system across the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments – including proper funding for programs that work to prevent violence and change the abusive behaviour of men who use violence.
Read the letter: Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence
No to Violence Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System
NTV’s submission focuses on the complex interactions of individual and environmental factors associated with men’s poor health outcomes, lack of help seeking, and high rates of suicide and family violence. We also highlight the impact of men’s use of family violence on the mental health of victims and provide guidance and recommendations to assist the Commission to support the Victorian mental health system to become more trauma, gender and violence-informed, while achieving greater coordination with other community and health services. NTV also emphasises the importance of the reforms within the Victorian family violence system and urges the Commission to use this opportunity to augment and strengthen improvements already underway in our sector. We believe it is critical that recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Mental Health (RCMH) complement the reforms currently taking place in Victoria’s family violence system.
No to Violence State Budget Submission 2019-2020
As we move into the next phase of the Royal Commission into Family Violence reforms, No to Violence’s State Budget Submission 2019-2020 outlines a vision to continue our shared effort to inform and shape a robust “whole-of-family” family violence system that engages directly with perpetrators to enhance safety and outcomes for victim-survivors. NTV believes that working with men to address family violence is tackling the problem at the source. Men who use family violence must be held accountable for their violence, and accountability is an integral part of the process of behaviour change.
NTV’s State Budget Submission 2019-2020 highlights key policy and practical investments to sustainably grow the perpetrator family violence system.
Read the submission: NTV State Budget Submission 2019
Urgent call for national initiative to lead interventions with men using family violence
Everyone living in Australia has the right to a safe and happy home and family life that supports them to thrive.
The federal government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 has laid out a vision for an Australia free of family violence, through connecting all the crucial work being undertaken by governments, community organisations and individuals. Large scale reform has required a high level of investment from both the states and territories and the Commonwealth. It is clear from sector partners and independent monitoring that a coordinated approach to investment in implementation is essential, to optimise investment and outcomes, reduce duplication and ensure measurement is evidence based, consistent and competent.
The practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia (Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence)
This submission responds to the Committee’s Terms of Reference C, D, E, F, H and I, with a focus on gender and the intersections between dowry abuse and domestic and family violence. Several case studies are presented which illustrate the ways in dowry abuse can be considered a part of the continuum of violence faced by women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. We would welcome the opportunity to provide verbal evidence to the Committee. This submission has been endorsed by: Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence Victoria and No to Violence.
New South Wales Law Reform Commission Endorsement Letters
No to Violence endorse the submissions and recommendations made by Domestic Violence New South Wales (DVNSW) and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (R&DVSA).
Read the endorsement letters: Domestic Violence New South Wales (DVNSW) and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (R&DVSA).
Family Violence Information Sharing and Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework
DV Vic and the endorsing organisations to this submission welcome the opportunity to provide our feedback on the re-developed Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (the Framework) and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS). We commend the Victorian Government for progressing with these important reform initiatives and establishing the authorising environment for organisations and professionals to prioritise consistent, coordinated responses to enhance the safety of adult and child victim survivors of family violence and increase opportunities to intervene with perpetrators to manage and mitigate risk and improve perpetrator accountability.
Child Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines
The contributing organisations welcome the opportunity to provide a submission to the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the Child Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines (the Guidelines). The Guidelines will play an important role in supporting the application and implementation of the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CIS Scheme). Our submission also sets out what our experience indicates will be important in an information sharing regime in order to encourage helpseeking behaviour and individual and community empowerment to make decisions that keep children safe.
Submission to Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education and Training Child Information Sharing Scheme: Regulatory Impact Statement and Regulations
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and No to Violence welcome the opportunity to provide our feedback on the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and Regulations. DV Vic and NTV, in partnership with a range of other organisations, provided submissions during the development of the Child Information Sharing Scheme over the 2017 and 2018 period, prior to the passing of the legislation. This submission is a continuation of our input into this process.
Australian Law Reform Commission’s Issues Paper on Review of the Family Law System
No to Violence (NTV) welcome the opportunity to provide this submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), and to participate in the largest review of the Australian family law system since its inception in 1975 with the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). In providing this submission, NTV also endorse the submissions and recommendations made by the Women’s Legal Services Australia (WLSA).
Child Information Sharing Consultation Paper
The endorsing organisations for this submission welcome the opportunity to work with the Victorian Government and our community partners to prioritise strategies that emphasise our collective responsibilities to ensure the safety and protection of children.
‘Swift, Certain and Fair’ approaches to sentencing and managing family violence offenders
No to Violence (NTV) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Discussion Paper Swift, Certain and Fair Approaches to Sentencing Family Violence Offenders (the discussion paper).
Parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system to support and protect those affected by family violence
No to Violence (NTV) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Inquiry, and to participating in ongoing contributions to reform of the family law system to better address the needs of people affected by family violence.
Review of the Victorian Bail System
The bail system in Victoria came under scrutiny following the terrible events in Bourke Street on 20 January, 2017. NTV encouraged caution before making significant changes to the system and supported the changes to bail risk assessments originally recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Sharing about Child Safety and Wellbeing
NTV and DV Vic wrote a joint submission responding to the Victorian Government’s proposed legislative model for child safety and wellbeing information sharing.
Joint response to the Royal Commission recommendations relating to primary prevention
NTV was one of thirteen signatories on a joint response to the Victorian Government on the Royal Commission into Family Violence’s recommendations relating to primary prevention. This response outlines some of the key considerations required to co-design a sustainable governance and operational structure for primary prevention and makes recommendations relating to the statewide Primary Prevention Strategy and the development of an Independent Statutory Family Violence Agency and Primary Prevention Initiative.
Royal Commission into Family Violence
Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence was launched in February 2015 and spent over twelve months commissioning research, conducting public hearings and holding community conversations. We made two submissions to the Royal Commission.
Family Violence and LGBTIQ Communities
Submitted in partnership with safe steps Family Violence Response Centre