Blueprint to stop violence against women

·1-min read

Advocates have written to the federal government with a blueprint to overhaul Australia's efforts to stop violence against women.

An open letter sent to ministers lays out a 12-step plan to help keep women safe, ahead of a national summit on the issue next week.

Boosting funding for specialist support services, prioritising the voices of Indigenous women and committing long-term funding for projects that are given enough time to work are among the recommendations.

No To Violence chief executive Jacqui Watt sees too many women's lives being stolen from them.

Her organisation is one of more than 190 that signed the letter calling for survivors to be given opportunities for recourse beyond the criminal justice system.

They want the burden shifted to perpetrators, family law reform and a commitment to preventing violence against women instead of just responding to it.

Gender Equity Victoria chief executive Tanja Kovac pointed to "a pervasive, troubling culture of gender inequity in government, the corporate sector and the workplace".

"The commonwealth alone has the levers to change this at the (women's safety) summit," she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be among the speakers at the two-day virtual program being livestreamed from Monday.

It will cover issues including responses to sexual violence, interventions to stop perpetrators, and economic security and financial independence.

The summit was originally slated for July but delayed because of coronavirus outbreaks.

Women's Safety Minister Anne Ruston said it would inform the government's plan to address technology-based abuse and coercive control.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting