On Thursday 6 June 2019 the ACT Government delivered a response to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council Extraordinary Meeting addressing the needs of children and young people impacted by family violence, 2018.
The final report from this Extraordinary Meeting, published in October 2018, outlined that children and young people exposed to domestic and family violence are often ‘invisible’ in ACT service systems and the supports and services that provide a crucial response to adults do not adequately recognise children and young people as ‘clients in their own right’. The report made five recommendations on actions the ACT Government can take to ensure that children and young people are accorded equal status in consideration of domestic and family violence. The ACT Government has accepted all of these recommendations.
The ACT Government Response details the specific initiatives that will be occurring across Government that will both augment the existing family violence sector to be more responsive to the needs of children and young people impacted by this violence and ensure that responses expand and capture all members of the community.
The Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety has led the development of this whole of government response.