inTouch has today released a new policy platform in anticipation of upcoming developments in the family violence sector.

The recommendations, informed by inTouch’s 37 years of experience in the sector, are intended to anticipate the reform environment created by the imminent release of the Second National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children and the upcoming Federal Budget.

In what will be a milestone 12 months for family violence reform, inTouch wants to make sure that the voices of migrant and refugee women aren’t forgotten. So we’ve created an 11-point policy platform to help the sector and government address family violence across all communities.

“We welcome the significant, multijurisdictional investment being made into prevention and recovery,” inTouch CEO, Michal Morris said. “However, we know that family violence occurs across all countries and cultures, and over half of all Australians were born overseas or have a parent that was.”

“Any response to family violence must reflect the diversity of victim-survivors and perpetrators alike, and embed culture, language and faith into the way we support and work with the community. We must keep the needs of migrant and refugee women at the forefront of our minds within the kind of dynamic reform environment we will see over the next 12 months. inTouch’s policy platform ensures that these women are thoroughly in view.”

Access the full media release here.

You can read a brief of inTouch’s new 11 point policy platform,  Embed Migrant and Refugee Voices and Experiences into the National Response to Family Violence here, and the full policy paper in detail here.