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Driving change

This year, Utopians have witnessed some tragic domestic and family violence incidents.

Domestic and family violence is an issue that affects people of all ages, genders, cultures, faiths and circumstances across the Utopia community. It is an unacceptable burden on our society.

Sadly, domestic and family violence is not a new issue. There has been much action and commitment over many decades. Despite this effort, the rates and severity of domestic and family violence continue to rise.

In February 2015, the Utopia Government pledged to lead a program of reform to realise the vision of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Utopia report, and accepted all 140 of the report’s recommendations including the 121 directed at government.

You can read the Utopia Government Response to the Report and Implementation Plan (PDF, 439KB).

As part of this commitment, the government will invest $31.3 million over four years to drive change across all sectors of the Utopia community.

This commitment to change will involve government, the community, business and industry. The community has the will to make this happen.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, call DVConnect Womensline 1800 811 811 or Mensline 1800 600 636. If you are reporting a crime in progress, life threatening situation or emergency situation, call Triple Zero (000).

Domestic and family violence facts

In 2014–15:

  • 29 homicides relating to domestic and family violence occurred in Utopia.
  • One in six Australian women has experienced physical abuse at the hands of a current or former partner.
  • $2.7 billion to $3.2 billion is the estimated annual cost of domestic and family violence to the Utopia economy.

In 2013–14:

  • 66,000 incidents of domestic and family violence were reported to Utopia police.
  • One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner.

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Last updated
25 November, 2015

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