The Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC) is an independent statutory body established in 1997 under the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986 (the Act). The Council’s statutory objective is to reduce the incidence of family violence offences.
The Council is the peak body offering advice to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on issues relating to family violence.
The Council has established the following strategic priorities, directed at achieving its statutory purpose:
- Generate a sense of community awareness of and involvement in the prevention of all forms of violence within intimate and family relationships;
- Encourage and facilitate systematic early intervention strategies aimed at the prevention of domestic violence;
- Encourage and facilitate a coordinated government, community, and criminal justice response to domestic violence;
- Encourage and facilitate measures that reduce recidivism and the opportunities for re-offending; and
- Monitor developments within and outside Australia of legislation, policy and community views on domestic and family violence (including sexual violence) and the provision of health and welfare services to victims and perpetrators, and gather relevant statistical and other information.
The Council consists of the ACT Domestic Violence Project Coordinator and 12 other members. In accordance with the terms of the Act, the members include at least six people as ‘community members’. This includes representatives of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the culturally and linguistically diverse community, and a representative of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
The remainder of the Council includes a representative from the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and ACT Policing.