The Office for Family Safety are looking to consult with the sector on a range of amendments to the Domestic Violence Agencies Act. They will use this meeting to present the proposed changes to us, and take questions, and then we will hold another session in a couple of weeks where we can provide feedback. The YourSay consultation page will open soon for formal submissions due by the end of October.
The ACT Government is working on important reforms to the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986 to improve how agencies communicate with each other so that people who use violence are held to account and victim survivors receive a more integrated response to keep them safe.
The new laws will support agencies to communicate about a person at risk or a person using violence, with the primary purpose of holding people who use violence to account for their actions while keeping people safe.
These reforms will help to reduce harm because it allows support services to have a better understanding of risk in domestic and family violence matters. This in turn allows for earlier interventions so that people who use violence can be held to account and people at risk can get the support they need sooner.
Significant government and sector stakeholder consultation has already commenced and will continue in the coming months. To make sure we get this right, the ACT Government will also be seeking community input via a public YourSay consultation that will open shortly.
The YourSay consultation will allow community organisations and members of the public to provide feedback on a draft of the legislative amendments and other aspects of the proposed scheme via a discussion paper and fact sheet covering key issues.
To register for this event, please contact Avan Daruwalla: [email protected]