Page 3215 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 18 October 2022

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Yesterday I took the time to meet with community service organisations, providers and government and non-government stakeholders here in the ACT to celebrate the launch of the national plan but also to thank them for their contributions and the time that they have taken out of their work to contribute to the plan.

The national plan sets an ambitious goal to end violence against women and children within a generation. Currently, as we know, one woman dies every 10 days as a result of domestic and family violence. As a community, we need to ensure that perpetrators of domestic and family violence are held to account. I am pleased that we are continuing with the local advocacy, and this has been reflected in the national plan.

The national plan runs from 2022 to 2023 and will be informed by two five-year action plans that will be developed and open for consultation in coming months.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what does the new plan mean for people in Canberra experiencing domestic and family violence?

MS BERRY: The new national plan is an opportunity to continue the conversation in our community about how we best support victim-survivors and what actions we can take to stop domestic and family violence before it happens.

In Canberra, we are fortunate to have a mature and well-developed community sector that plays a key role in supporting our initiatives in the community. The ACT government will continue to advocate for longer-term funding agreements with the federal government to provide funding certainty for our community members and work with our commonwealth counterparts to increase the share of funding to the ACT.

MS ORR: Minister, how does this new plan build on initiatives led by the ACT government?

MS BERRY: Working towards ending domestic and family violence cannot be done by any state or territory on their own. The federal government developing a national plan will mean that we will be a strategic approach where we will work closely together and build on the initiatives that we have each implemented within our own budgets to ensure that our own communities have domestic and family violence addressed in a way that is appropriate for them.

In the ACT’s budget, there is $1.4 million over four years in response to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program report; $4.3 million over four years to establish a multidisciplinary centre to collocate a broad range of specialist sexual violence response services; $5.9 million to provide a dedicated response to domestic and family violence incidents, with a high rate of lethality; $1.8 million to codesign and implement culturally relevant and appropriate responses to DFV in response to the We don’t shoot our wounded report; and $660,000 to re-establish a wraparound service model and ensure we get the implementation right.

Over $580,000 has been committed to review agencies and statutory bodies, to identify any changes or further investment for community service organisations; $1 million to develop a long-term strategy for the prevention of sexual violence and to

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