2014 Submission: Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia

Policies aimed at reducing domestic violence must address the contributing factors to domestic violence in society, including the influence of family and early childhood experience, unequal power relations between the genders, the value of women’s work, negative attitudes regarding women, religious, institutional responses and support networks. Adequate policies must aim to reduce the tendency for men to have greater leverage for coercive control, strengthen early intervention initiatives to decrease intergenerational transmission of violence and strengthen the capacity of victims to leave domestic violence and avoid future abusive relationships.

2014 Submission: Review of Australia’s Welfare System

Domestic and family violence is a complex and serious social problem which affects individuals, families, communities, the workplace and the economy. Changes to the welfare system coupled with cutting back relevant support services will ultimately lead to an increase of domestic violence and abuse.