The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) will meet on 27-28 October for a National Summit on reducing violence against women and their children. The two-day event is being held in Brisbane, with delegates participating in a series of eight roundtable discussions of key issues.
However, to date we are still failing to acknowledge and address many of the factors that contribute to family violence.
We fear that the forum and future discussions will continue to ignore alcohol’s role in family violence and fail to embrace strategies to address the issue.
FARE has long advocated to raise awareness of alcohol’s involvement in family violence, and developed a national framework proposing policies and programs that will have a real and tangible impact on preventing this violence.
Until governments give thoughtful consideration to the factors such as alcohol that contribute to family violence, the prevention discourse will remain incomplete.