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National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010 - 2022

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments worked with the community to develop a 12-year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).

Released in 2011, the National Plan focuses on stopping violence before it happens in the first place, supporting women who have experienced violence, stopping men from committing violence, and building the evidence base so that we learn more about 'what works' in reducing domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

The First Action Plan: Building a Strong Foundation 2010-2013 laid a strong foundation for long-term change. Key initiatives established under the First Action Plan include:

The Second Action Plan: Moving Ahead 2013-2016 was launched in June 2014 by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Second Action Plan contains five National Priorities and 26 actions which are joint areas of work that all governments agree are critical to moving ahead in reducing violence against women and their children.  A key initiative under the Second Action Pan is the National Campaign to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children - Let's Stop it at the Start.

The Third Action Plan 2016-2019 was launched on 28 October 2016 by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Third Action Plan is strongly linked to the Final Report of the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children. The Third Action Plan increases the focus on preventing violence against and responding to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and responding to children living with violence. It also looks to respond to growing and significant modern forms of sexual violence against women including sharing intimate images without consent.

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