LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
In Australia, each jurisdiction has its own laws and policies for responding to FDV, whilst the Australian Government takes a lead in developing national approaches to policy. More information on the policy context for FDV can be found in the Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4529.0).
Most Australian Government FDV service delivery occurs through funding arrangements with states and territories, however reporting obligations mean that there are also a number of Australian Government level data sources. National data sources have been included where available from Australian Government agencies, such as those relating to FDV services provided in the Family Court context and the drawing together of state and territory information related to homelessness services and coronial inquests. In addition, national data sources based on surveys run by or on behalf of the Australian Government to inform FDV policy areas have been included.
At the state and territory level, governments are primarily responsible for crime prevention programs, law enforcement, issuing of family violence orders, prosecution of FDV perpetrators, behavioural change programs within Corrective Services, delivery of public health, disability and medical services and provision of child protection services and other specific FDV services. Each state and territory agency that provides FDV services is a potential source of data. Further information about FDV support and services delivered by each jurisdiction, including the Australian Government is outlined in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.