Safety and wellbeing

Women experience violence in public places, at work and at home. As part of its commitment to a safer community, the South Australian Government believes that we need a more strategic and comprehensive approach to violence against women, to make the best use of resources and to guide our future action.

A Right to Safety – South Australia's Women's Safety Strategy 2011-2022

A Right to Safety was launched in December 2011 and builds on the reform agenda of the first Women's Safety Strategy in 2005. A Right to Safety reaffirms our commitment to reducing violence against women and builds on the achievements of the first Women's Safety Strategy. Our new strategy again has a broad focus; from early intervention work focussed on preventing violence, through to community education and awareness, as well as improving service responses to women experiencing violence.

A Right to Safety outlines the reforms we will drive in South Australia as part of our commitment to The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (The National Plan). Following endorsement from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the National Plan brings together government and community efforts across Australia to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.

Key Directions

  1. Prevention
    Prevention of violence against women includes any law, policy, program or activity aimed at reducing the level, fear or impact of violence against women or changing community perceptions of violence against women. Prevention is about  stopping violence before it occurs. This involves changing the social and cultural conditions that support violence against women to occur.
  2. Service Provision
    There are numerous government, non-government and community services available for women who have experienced violence. They provide assistance and support for women to move forward in their lives and reflect the diversity of women's experiences and circumstances with a range of options.
  3. Protection
    Women who experience or fear violence must be able to seek protection and have access to effective legal remedies. The perpetrators of violent acts against women must be held accountable for their behaviour. The criminal justice system's response to violence against women is pivotal to a broad community understanding that violence against women is unacceptable.
  4. Performance
    Professional performance and accountability are critical to the success of the strategy. We are committed to reporting annually on our progress. This annual report will reflect our commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.

A Right to Safety – South Australia's Women's Safety Strategy 2011-2022 (PDF 2.6 MB)

Women's Safety Strategy - Achievements Report 2005-2010 (PDF 498.3 KB)

Key Reforms and Initiatives