National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022

Fourth Action Plan

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) aims to connect the important work being done by all Australian governments, community organisations and individuals to reduce violence so that we can work together to ensure each year, less women experience violence and more women and their children live safely.

The National Plan outlines what we are collectively doing to reduce violence against women and their children in Australia. Its vision is that:
Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.

Over the 12-year plan, the aim is to achieve:
A significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.

The National Plan focuses on the two main types of violent crimes that have a major impact on women in Australia–domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Research shows there is a strong link between violence against women and their children and how people view the roles of women and men. The National Plan focuses on stopping violence before it happens in the first place. It supports women who have experienced violence, holds perpetrators to account for their violence, and works to build the evidence base so that we learn more about ‘what works’ in reducing violence against women.

These changes take time, which is why we need a long-term plan. The National Plan is being delivered through four three-year action plans that build on each other. The action plans are designed to look back at what has been achieved and refocus on what actions will make the most difference in the future.