SIMON Corbell says the Domestic Violence Prevention Council will undertake a review into domestic violence deaths in the ACT.
“The review will consider actual cases of domestic and family violence that led to the death of a victim to determine what can be done to prevent the violence and what warning signs we need to look for,” Simon said.
“The specific terms of reference, including the time frame for the cases to be considered and how victims’ families should be involved in the process, will be prepared and settled by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council with stakeholders.
“The review will also assist in achieving the objectives of both the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017.”
Under these strategies the ACT Government has committed to driving continuous improvement through sharing outcomes of reviews into deaths and homicides related to domestic violence with other states and territories.
“Domestic and family violence has a very human cost, claiming the lives of more than 100 people in Australia every year, and the government and community needs to build a strong foundation to ensure that the loss of life ends.
“This review will help the Domestic Violence Prevention Council provide a robust and independent picture of domestic and family violence in the ACT and help to inform government decisions about domestic and family violence mechanisms in to the future.
“The findings of the review may also help to identify issues that point to the need for legislative, policy, practice and service changes across government and the community sector. I look forward to updates from the Domestic Violence Prevention Council on the progress of this important work.”