Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Family and domestic violence election commitment delivered

    1/05/2017 2:45 PM
    • ​Western Australia becomes an Our Watch member
    • Our Watch leads Australia's work to prevent violence against women and children
    • Election commitment delivered.

    Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today announced the McGowan Labor Government had met its pre-election pledge to become a member of Our Watch.


    The purpose of Our Watch is to provide national leadership to prevent all forms of violence against women and their children based on sound research and strong and diverse partnerships.


    Prior to today's announcement, New South Wales and Western Australia were the only States not to be partnered with Our Watch, despite being invited to become members.


    Becoming an Our Watch member is another significant step in implementing the McGowan Labor Government's package to stop family and domestic violence.


    The Our Watch Board of Directors is meeting in Perth today, which provides an opportunity for the State Government to meet with the board.


    The Minister will then host a roundtable meeting on Tuesday (May 2) to give stakeholders the opportunity to meet the Our Watch board and discuss strategies for tackling family and domestic violence.


    If you are in immediate danger, call 000.  If you would like to talk to a trained professional, the Women's and Men's Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can provide information, support and counselling.


    Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339


    Men's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599


    Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:


    "The McGowan Labor Government recognises that violence against women is a nationwide problem, so prevention must be a nationwide effort.


    "We are strongly committed to working with Our Watch to break the culture of violence in some Western Australian families and communities.


    "By joining the Commonwealth Government and other State and Territory members, we are sending a clear message that domestic violence in our communities will not be tolerated.


    "Last year, 19 people were killed in Western Australia as a result of domestic homicide.


    "Gender inequality is the core of the problem and addressing it is the key to stopping violence against women.


    "We will work with Our Watch to increase gender equality and promote respectful relationships in all aspects of everyday life, such as schools, workplaces and sporting organisations."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600