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Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Domestic and Family Violence

Responsible government

  • Australian Capital Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 10 Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.

What are we doing?

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner and the Family Safety Hub are working together on a ‘Listening and Learning project’ to hear young people’s views about domestic and family violence services and responses. Key insights gained from children and young people will support the ACT Government to improve services and supports to better meet their needs. The ACT Government has provided $100,000 between 2019 and 2020 to fund the project.

The project was co-designed with young people.

What is next?

In speaking with children and young people, the objectives of this project are to:

  • Identify what is needed in the ACT to help children and young people who live, or have lived, with domestic and family violence to be and feel safer.
  • Identify how services can be improved to better meet the needs of children and young people who live, or have lived, with domestic and family violence.

Listening and learning sessions will commence in the second half of 2019, with the insights gathered shared as the project progresses.

What difference will we make?

Children and young people who witness and experience domestic and family violence have special needs and we know there is not enough focus on the significant impact of the trauma they experience.

The intended outcome is to gain insights from children and young people’s views about domestic and family violence, to generate insights that will help the ACT Government improve services and supports. Once we have the insights from the project, we will co-design potential new services, solutions, policies and processes with young people. How we do this will depend on what we learn from young people.

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