A national portal to help victims of revenge porn remove images from the web will be developed as part of COAG’s third action plan to address violence against women and children.
The Prime Minister and first ministers released their action plan today during a COAG summit in Brisbane.
The action plan, coupled with a $100 million funding package over three years, will address six key areas including improving services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, who are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of domestic violence than other women.
It will also focus on helping women and children flee domestic violence situations and improving the response to children who have experienced domestic violence at home also form part of the plan.
Addressing sexual violence, including revenge porn, and improving early intervention programs also form part of the plan.
About $20 million of the $100 million committed by the Commonwealth will be spent over three years on early intervention programs including for new fathers while a further $15 million will be allocated towards national domestics violence services like the 1800RESPECT national support service as well as on building the capacity of financial counsellors to help victims including those subjected to financial abuse.
About $30 million will be spent improving legal assistance, $25 million on services for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Australians including legal assistance and treatment services for perpetrators of violence and $10 million on preventing sexual violence.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews called for further changes, including a new Medicare item for family violence counselling and ensuring paid family violence leave in the National Employment Standards.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill also called for support for a national database of child protection and family court orders.
Malcolm Turnbull opened the COAG summit this morning by declaring he wanted to bring about cultural change in a bid to tackle the violence.
The ministers were to hear from 150 experts on whether the last action plan has made a difference.
Above all what we need to drive is cultural change,
Mr Turnbull said as he made his way into the summit this morning.
We have to recognise that it is our duty as parents and grandparents to ensure that we bring up our sons and grandsons to respect the women in their lives, beginning with their mothers, their sisters, their families.
We have to remember that while not all disrespect of women leads to violence against women, that is where all violence against women begins.
This is about respect, it is about changing cultural attitudes and ensuring that we need this disgrace, this violence against women and children.