A NEW report into the Federal Government's response to domestic and family violence has called for a 'whole of system' approach to the crisis.
The bipartisan report made 88 recommendations to inform the development of the next National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children, due to commence in mid-2022.
While the list of recommendations were lengthy, Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the government must be "ambitious" in order to see real change.
"The next National Plan must be an ambitious blueprint for how we, as a country, can work together to not just reduce violence but to end it," he said.
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"We know that attitudes are changing," he said.
"We must now seize on this change in attitudes and ensure that it translates into a change in behaviours.
"We have shone a light on this scourge and we are seeing more women coming forward, which is excellent; however, the rates of domestic violence are still far too high and we have lots of work to do."
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs' report also recommended universal age-appropriate respectful relationships and sexual consent education, measures to address coercive control and technology-facilitated abuse, and the establishment of a National Commissioner to have independent oversight of the next National Plan.
Funding became a particular point of debate surrounding the recommendations, with the suggestion to continue the $150 million funding injection into services during the COVID-19 pandemic deemed "not enough" by Domestic Violence NSW's CEO Delia Donovan.
However, Mr McCormack said the government had worked hard to provide funding where it was needed.
"During the coronavirus pandemic, the government stepped up and provided $130 million to the states and territories to help frontline services cope with an expected increase in demand," he said.
"In NSW this funding has been used to support refuges in Albury and Griffith, court advocacy programs in Wagga and domestic violence support services in Griffith and Wagga."
Riverina Police District Commander Superintendent Bob Noble said all funding should be welcomed, but the 'whole of community' approach was also sage advice.
"There are many components across government and non-government bodies that are in operation to prevent and mitigate domestic violence, and in a perfect world, they would all be strategically and tactically aligned to ensure the services were the best they could be," he said.
"However, that is easier said than done, so to acknowledge a commitment to work on achieving that will be of huge benefit particularly to those more vulnerable and isolated community groups such as young people, aboriginal communities, migrants, the elderly or people with disabilities."
Superintendent Noble said funding was vital to ensure police could do their job effectively.
"You certainly can't run a law enforcement body without funding, so it is vital, but changing attitudes is just as important if not more so, and funding can also help in that respect too," he said.
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