The violent killing of 28 women so far this year has brought gendered violence to the forefront of national discussion once again.

It’s against this backdrop state and territory leaders met with the prime minister at a snap National Cabinet meeting yesterday to address the issue. Michelle Grattan outlined the key resulting announcements, including more online regulation, in her piece following the meeting yesterday.

So will the $925 million funding plan, to be included in the budget, be enough to address the complicated web of policy, legal and cultural factors that drive gender-based violence?

Domestic violence expert Anastasia Powell writes in her analysis of the announcement that the government has made some important and welcome commitments, but some of the factors that exacerbate and entrench violence remain unaddressed. She says the public can now be part of the solution:

“Perhaps the most important outcome from today’s National Cabinet meeting is not just a renewed national commitment on action to end gender-based violence, but an Australia that will hold all governments to account on delivering their promises.”

In the end, any remedies will need to take into account the complexity of the problem. As Anne Summers, a long-time women’s advocate and now academic whose work centres on domestic violence, tells Michelle Grattan, violence against women is no longer what was just thought of as “wife-bashing”. It is now acknowledged as “a far more complex and difficult set of behaviours” that will require a more sophisticated approach to redressing it.

Erin Cooper-Douglas

Deputy Politics + Society Editor

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