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Sexual violence community awareness activities

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 13 Prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment before it happens through national and targeted initiatives that promote informed consent, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships.
    • 15 Strengthen the capacity of all sectors to address sexual harassment to ensure women are safe at work, while studying, in public and online.

What are we doing?

Sexual violence can be a form of domestic and family violence and a stand-alone crime. Like domestic and family violence, more women experience sexual assault and sexual harassment than men.

Despite recent changes to legislation there are still many barriers that make it difficult for women to report and access services. This includes women not being believed and as a result not trusting the criminal justice system.

The Commonwealth Government will invest $9.354 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 in a separate program of work focused on preventing sexual violence.

The prevention activities, will build on the broader prevention approaches under the National Plan, and focus on raising awareness and understanding of issues such as gender equality, consent and healthy sexual relationships and victim blaming.

What is next?

  • The Commonwealth Government will commission research activities in the fourth quarter of 2019 to strengthen the evidence base in relation to sexual violence in Australia and to inform future sexual violence prevention activities, including by identifying cohorts of greatest risk of sexual violence.
  • Prevention activities, informed by the research and broader consultation, are expected to commence from 2021.

What difference will we make?

  • The intended outcomes of this program is to contribute to population-level behavioural change in areas driving sexual violence and the responses required for it in Australia.
  • This project will also:
    • build the sexual violence evidence base, including synthesising existing research and data, identifying successful domestic and international responses and considering a range of primary prevention mechanisms to inform sexual violence prevention activities.
    • draw on sector expertise and engagement around national sexual violence policy.

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