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National standards for sexual violence responses

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 14 Deliver client-centred, trauma-informed, specialised and consistent support to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 18 Improve access to and embed trauma-informed support for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence to prevent reoffending and promote rehabilitation and treatment.
    • 19 Build the evidence base to inform responses to domestic, family and sexual violence by strengthening the focus on what works to reduce violence, improving data and supporting the Fourth Action Plan priorities.

What are we doing?

The Commonwealth will work with key stakeholders including states and territories and experts in the sector to develop national standards for sexual violence responses for victim and perpetrator programs.

The Commonwealth Government will provide up to $2.6 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund national standards for sexual violence responses.

What have we achieved so far?

  • The National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence (NASASV) has been engaged to update their National Standards of Practice Manual for Services against Sexual Violence (Second Edition) to reflect advances in best practice sexual violence service response.
  • The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been engaged to update reporting against the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions (NOSPI). The updated NOSPI report will provide a comprehensive account of the ‘state of play’ of perpetrator interventions.

What is next?

  • NASASV is reviewing current standards and relevant research ahead of preparing their updated practice standards.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome of this program is to improve responses to sexual violence.

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