Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia

the senate

THE SENATE

FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

References Committee

 

Invitation to make submission

On 26 June 2014, the Senate referred the issue of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2014. The committee is looking at the adequacy and effects of current policies and how the federal government can best support and contribute to the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children.

 

Please note, the committee will not be considering or examining any material relating solely to personal cases or grievances. The committee process is not a forum to resolve these issues but to explore the adequacy of policy responses and the effects of policy settings regarding housing, legal services and women’s economic independence on their ability to escape violence.

The committee invites written submissions by 31 July 2014, covering terms of reference relevant to you. The committee prefers that this is done online. There is an Upload Submission Online button on their website, which can be accessed at this address: www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Finance_and_Public_Administration/Domestic_Violence. Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to fpa.sen@aph.gov.au or mailed in hard copy to PO Box 6100, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 .

Please note submissions become committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the committee. Publication of submissions includes loading them onto the internet and making them available to other interested parties including the media. Please indicate if you wish the committee to consider keeping your submission, or part thereof, confidential.

Any person or organisation making a submission must not release it without the approval of the committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege, however the unauthorised release of a submission is not protected.

Information relating to Senate committee inquiries, including notes to assist the preparation of submissions, can be found at www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/How_to_make_a_submission.

The committee will consider all submissions, and may invite individuals and organisations to give evidence at a public hearing. If you have any further questions about the hearing or the inquiry more generally, please call (02) 6277 3530.

 

Committee Terms of Reference

 

On 26 June 2014, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 27 October 2014:

 

  1. the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia as it affects all Australians and, in particular, as it affects:

 

i.            women living with a disability, and

ii.            women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;

 

  1. the factors contributing to the present levels of domestic violence;

 

  1. the adequacy of policy and community responses to domestic violence;

 

  1. the effects of policy decisions regarding housing, legal services, and women‘s economic independence on the ability of women to escape domestic violence;

 

  1. how the Federal Government can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children; and

 

  1. any other related matters.
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