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safe steps has a long and proud history of advocating for social change and policy reform. Our policy submissions are informed by the lived experiences of women and children impacted by family violence, and seek to ensure survivors are at the heart of all relevant policy reforms, systemic changes and sector approaches.

As with all of safe steps’ work, our policy and advocacy efforts are centred around three pillars: Respond. Recover. Prevent. We are firmly grounded in a feminist framework, and recognise that family violence is inherently gendered, perpetrated in the vast majority of instances by men, against women. We also recognise the intersectional ways in which power, control and privilege can play out in marginalised communities to result in increased levels of violence.

Here are some of our past policy submissions:

  • Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee – Inquiry into the Delivery of National Outcome 4 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (1800RESPECT) (October 2017)
  • Victorian Law Reform Commission Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (October 2017)
  • Submission to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties) Bill 2017 (Made as part of SafeNET) (July 2017)
  • Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into a Better Family Law System to Support and Protect Those Affected by Family Violence (May 2017)
  • Submission to the Victorian Government’s Information Sharing Legislative Reforms (August 2016)
  • Submission to the Victorian Residential Tenancies Act Review: Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants (Joint Submission with Justice Connect Homeless Law) (May 2016)
  • Submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality (April 2016) | view PDF
  • Submission on the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy (March 2016) | view PDF
  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into ‘revenge porn’ (January 2016) | view PDF
  • Submission: Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015 | view PDF
  • Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission: Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial Process (November 2015) | view PDF
  • Submission to the Victorian Government – Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children (November 2015) | view PDF
  • Submission to Family Law Council: Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems (October 2015) | view PDF
  • Submission on Mental Health Strategy (September 2015) | view PDF
  • Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (June 2015) | view PDF
  • Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia (November 2014) | view PDF
  • Joint Submission in response to the Department of Justice’s Review of Sexual Offences Consultation Paper (August 2014)
  • Submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum (March 2014) | view PDF
  • Joint Submission to the Victorian Government in response to Failure to Protect Laws (2014) | view PDF
  • Submission to the Family and Community Development Committee Inquiry into Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-government Organisations (November 2013) | view PDF
  • Joint Submission on the Department of Justice’s Defensive Homicide: Proposals for Legislative Reform – Consultation Paper (2013) | view PDF