How will we improve women's safety and wellbeing?

Achievements and ongoing work

The South Australian Government has already implemented and continues to support a number of initiatives which aim to improve women's safety and wellbeing including:

  • implementing the Disability Justice Plan to improve access to the justice system for people with disability and adopting principles in the Plan which include equality between men and women
  • ensuring a gendered perspective on the development of sound evidence-based policies, programs and services that better meet the health care needs of women and men
  • developing a concerted, multi-faceted strategy to improve Aboriginal health, especially Aboriginal women's health 
  • addressing violence against women through:
  • >A Right to Safety: the next phase of South Australia's Women's Safety Strategy 2011−2022. This strategy includes a number of initiatives such as: the Family Safety Framework which has established 19 locally based Family Safety Meetings to support those most at risk of domestic violence; establishing a position within the Coroner's Office to research and investigate domestic violence related deaths; and establishing 15 violence against women collaborations to support local efforts to prevent violence against women through challenging attitudes and social norms.
  • >Establishing the Multi Agency Protection Service (MAPS) for gathering and sharing information that results in multi−agency action planning to reduce risk and harm at earlier points of intervention.
  • >Implementing Taking A Stand, the Premier's response to the Coroner's findings into the death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh.
  • >Providing strong leadership and support for the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

The South Australian Government will continue to improve women's safety and wellbeing through further initiatives which will include:

Short term

  • introducing amendments to the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 that strengthen penalties and administration of intervention orders to better protect victims of domestic violence
  • continuing to provide high quality programs such as Breastscreen SA and the South Australian Cervix Screening program
  • supporting the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • delivering a body image campaign 'Building Self-Esteem in Young Women'
  • ensuring all South Australian government departments will become White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces
  • engaging men and promoting the role of men have in achieving gender equality - particularly as a primary prevention strategy to address violence against women
  • introducing amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (SA) to provide support for victims of domestic violence.

Long term

  • ensuring the needs of women escaping domestic and family violence are recognised when they access homelessness service providers for support
  • providing support to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • the criminalisation of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a form of violence against women through section 26 of the Children's Protection Act 1993 as it is under section 33A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935
  • developing a 'perpetrator pays' system for perpetrators of domestic violence attending court ordered rehabilitation programs to further hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for their actions
  • providing annual funding to Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS) by the South Australian Government
  • maintaining South Australia's membership of national prevention of violence against women and children organisation OurWatch as of August 2014.