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Policy positions and submissions

As a peak body, No to Violence advocates for reform and provides submissions to inquiries across a number of jurisdictions. We represent and engage with members from across Australia, as well as the latest Australian and international research and evidence.

Policy position papers

2022-23 October Budget – Our Sector 

27 October 2022

No to Violence is pleased to provide an analysis of Tuesday’s budget. We welcome the investment of $1.7 billion into women’s safety and the new and additional funding for men’s family violence services. No to Violence’s Chief Executive Officer, Jacqui Watt, commented: “We welcome the ongoing investment in No to Violence’s Men’s Referral Service which offers confidential telephone counselling and referrals for men who use family violence to help change their behaviour.”

No to Violence Position Statement on the NSW Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022

18 October 2022

This position statement states No to Violence’s overall position on NSW’s Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022, and provides further recommendations that may strengthen its application and overall implementation.

NTV_NSW Coercive Control Bill Position Statement

NTV Discussion Paper: Online Perpetrator Interventions

September 2022

Following the immense adaptions required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs) had to be delivered via videoconferencing software. With these adaptions came a review of our position on delivering such programs in this way. This is our policy position paper for the latest on online MBCPs – informed through interviews with practitioners, conversations with our members, and review of existing literature.

NTV Discussion Paper: Predominant Aggressor Identification And Victim Misidentification. Identifying predominant aggressors remains a challenge to family violence responses.

November 2019

NTV’s discussion paper highlights the need for all parts of the family violence intervention system to bring greater attention to the complexities of family violence perpetrators, their behaviours, motives, and presentations to more effectively identify, assess and manage risk. NTV highlights the negative role that victim and perpetrator stereotypes play.

Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions Report

November 2019

We are pleased to announce that Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions (EACPI) Final Report has been released and can be found here. The report makes 22 recommendations focused on strengthening existing perpetrator interventions, supporting emerging interventions, connecting with support services for other needs, identifying key areas for further work and research, and strengthening the foundations of the perpetrator intervention system. 

New South Wales Listening Tour Report

January 2019

No to Violence led a regional Listening Tour in NSW to hear what’s needed to better prevent and respond to domestic and family violence in local communities. With the valuable insights of this tour and many other meetings in NSW towns over the last 18 months, we have produced a report that calls for a much bolder investment from NSW leaders to ending men’s violence.

Victorian Listening Tour Report

October 2018

The tour provided humbling and educative insights into specific issues at each stop and gave us an opportunity to identify common themes that emerged across state. As the largest peak body in Australia representing organisations and individuals working directly with men to end family violence, our priority is to ensure there is continued bipartisan rigour and support applied to policy commitments arising from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, backed up by solid funding to support men’s family violence prevention and interventions in Victoria.

Victorian Aboriginal Men’s Programs Literature Review

August 2018

This literature review provides a overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s services aimed at addressing the behaviours that lead to family violence. In doing so, it also provides an explanation of the meaning of social and emotional wellbeing, to help establish an understanding of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities think about wellness and what conditions are required for individuals and communities to thrive. 

Online programs for men who use family violence

February 2018

The position statement explores the complexities of translating MBCP practice from in-person to online delivery. The paper explores the fundamentals of MBCP practice and the inherent challenges in translating programs to an online platform. While some supplementary interventions to MBCP have been developed, it remains unclear how a MBCP itself can be translated to an online setting. 

Fathering programs for men who use family violence

December 2017

No to Violence (NTV) believes that fathering programs for men who use family violence have a key role to play in supporting men to fulfil their role as a non-abusive father and parent, to increase women and children’s safety and to support men to have respectful relationships with their partner/ex-partner.

Submissions

Submission to the Tasmanian Government: Tasmanian Community Consultation Process for the 2023-24 Budget 

November 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the Tasmanian Government: Tasmanian Community Consultation Process for the 2023-24 Budget 

No to Violence’s Submission to the Tasmanian Government: Tasmanian Community Consultation Process for the 2023-24 Budget 

Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Legislative Reforms

November 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Legislative Reforms

No to Violence’s Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Legislative Reforms

Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Systemic Reforms

October 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Systemic Reforms

No to Violence’s Submission to Review of Legislation and the Justice Response to Domestic and Family Violence in the Northern Territory—Systemic Reforms

Submission to the New South Wales Government: Exposure draft Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022

September 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the New South Wales Government: Exposure draft Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the New South Wales Government: Exposure draft Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022

Submission to the Government of Western Australia: Legislative responses to coercive control in Western Australia

July 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the Government of Western Australia: Legislative responses to coercive control in Western Australia

No to Violence’s Submission to the Government of Western Australia: Legislative responses to coercive control in Western Australia

Submission to the New South Wales Government: A new strategy for women in NSW

June 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the New South Wales Government: A new strategy for women in NSW

No to Violence’s Submission to the New South Wales Government: A new strategy for women in NSW

Submission to the Queensland Government: Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence

June 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the Queensland Government: Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence

No to Violence’s Submission to the Queensland Government: Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence

Response to draft Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

November 2021

No to Violence’s response to draft Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

No to Violence’s response to draft Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

Submission to the South Australian Government: Implementation considerations for criminalising coercive controlling behaviours

March 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the South Australian Government: Implementation considerations for criminalising coercive controlling behaviours

Feedback on the Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032

February 2022

No to Violence’s Feedback on the Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032

Submission to the Tasmanian Government Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2022

February 2022

No to Violence’s Submission to the Tasmanian Government for the Criminal Code Amendment.

2022-23 NSW Pre-Budget Submission

January 2022

No to Violence’s 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission to the New South Wales Government.

Submission to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce: Options for legislating against coercive control and the creation of a stand-alone domestic violence offence

August 2021

No to Violence’s submission to the Queensland Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce on the plan to criminalise coercive control with a stand-alone domestic violence offence.

Submission to Department of Social Services: National Plan to End Violence Against Women

September 2021

No to Violence’s submission to Department of Social Services on the National Plan to End Violence Against Women (PDF)

Submission to South Australia: Government’s Consultation on Criminalising Coercive Controlling Behaviours (Amendment Bill)

October 2021

No to Violence’s Submission to South Australia: Government’s Consultation on Criminalising Coercive Controlling Behaviours (Amendment Bill) (PDF)

Submission to Victorian Government: The 10-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

April 2021

Family violence is the leading contributor to rates of homelessness in Victoria, with victim-survivors making up 44 per cent of those presenting to homelessness services. No to Violence’s submission supports the ‘Safe at Home’ approach to reducing homelessness among victims-survivors of family violence and advocates to increase resourcing for perpetrator accommodation services.

Perpetrator accommodation services present an opportunity to shift the burden of housing insecurity away from victim-survivors of family violence while connecting men who use violence to behaviour change interventions and support services.

No to Violence’s submission to Victorian Government, on Social and Affordable Housing (PDF)

Submission to New South Wales Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control 

February 2021

In the development of this submission, No to Violence has held or enabled consultations with around 500 experts, organisations, academics and victim survivors from across Australia, England and Scotland. This has included victim-survivors, First Nations women, LGBTIQA+ individuals and communities, and people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. No to Violence have also engaged and surveyed our members and colleagues in New South Wales who work directly with men who use family violence through the Men’s Behaviour Change Network. 

No to Violence submission to New South Wales Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control (PDF)

Without working with the people who are perpetrating this violence, the rates of violence will continue to rise, and the tragic and premature deaths will continue. Family violence does not stop at borders, or at different levels of governments. We are all this together; the community sector, employers, employees, community groups, individuals and importantly, government.

NTV submission to The House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (PDF)

No To Violence responds to Closure of Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence

May 2020

Jacqui Watt, Chief Executive Office of No To Violence, writes to Senator Rex Patrick regarding the premature closure of the Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence. 


No to Violence Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System

January 2020

NTV’s submission focuses on prioritising and protecting the safety and best interests of children, as well as seeking to increase access to justice, make simpler and streamline processes, addressing the high rates of family violence, making the system easier and less costly to navigate, and adopting a client-centred approach.

No to Violence Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System (PDF)



No to Violence Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

July 2019

NTV’s submission focuses on the complex interactions of individual and environmental factors associated with men’s poor health outcomes, lack of help seeking, and high rates of suicide and family violence.

No to Violence State Budget Submission 2019-2020

February 2019

As we move into the next phase of the Royal Commission into Family Violence reforms, No to Violence’s State Budget Submission 2019-2020 outlines a vision to continue our shared effort to inform and shape a robust “whole-of-family” family violence system that engages directly with perpetrators to enhance safety and outcomes for victim-survivors.