The absence of women involved in the criminal justice system from Australia’s national discussion on preventing family and domestic violence

Melissa Willoughby and Stuart A Kinner
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51319
Published online: 15 November 2021

To the Editor: The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs recently completed its inquiry and final report into family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.1 This comprehensive report made 88 recommendations to inform Australia’s next National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (National Plan).

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC


Melissa Willoughby is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship (GNT1151103). Stuart Kinner receives salary support from a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (GNT1078168). The funding sources had no involvement in the writing of the letter or decision to submit it for publication.

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