Expert panel to advise governments on what domestic violence programs work

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Katina Curtis
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) and Commonwealth Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner Micaela Cronin.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) and Commonwealth Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner Micaela Cronin. Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAPIMAGE

A team of experts will conduct a rapid review of domestic violence prevention programs over the coming months to tell governments which ones are the most effective and where taxpayer funds should be directed.

The expert panel will be jointly led by Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner Micaela Cronin, the head of the Commonwealth Office for Women Padma Raman and Social Services Department secretary Ray Griggs.

It comprises journalists and authors Jess Hill and Anne Summers, researchers and advocates Zac Seidler, Todd Fernando and Elena Campbell, and Victoria Police assistant commissioner Leigh Glassner.

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The panel will meet for the first time on Tuesday and will report later this year.

The Government wants it to offer practical advice about what works, how prevention efforts can be stronger especially to stop murders, and where there are opportunities for intervention including stronger consequences and accountability for perpetrators of violence.

Its work will be informed next month by a fresh survey from Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) of existing research to assess the risk factors of pathways into and out of violence perpetration, intervention points and program effectiveness.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the panel’s advice would help governments build on the money they were already spending to tackle domestic violence.

“Violence against women is a national crisis and it needs to end,” he said.

“We recognise that governments need to act, but we also recognise that this is an issue for the whole of society. Women should not be responsible for ending violence against women.”

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