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26 February 2020


Senator Rex Patrick has welcomed the Senate's decision to support an inquiry into domestic violence.

The inquiry will examine the existing programs undertaken and funded by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and non-government organisations to reduce family violence. 

This examination will inform the Committee in its primary focus of identifying what needs to be done and the resources required to drive and achieve real change to prevent violence against women and their children.

"I am pleased that the Senate supported the establishment of this inquiry," Senator Patrick said.

"This will not be just another inquiry. We already know about the prevalence of domestic violence,  its causes, contributing factors along with its effects on health, children, communities and finances. This inquiry will focus on where we can drive change in government policy, programs and resourcing to improve outcomes."

"It is my hope that this inquiry will be a driving factor in securing real action from government into preventing and combating domestic violence."

The Committee will inquire into and report by 13 August 2020.