Domestic violence is “everyone’s responsibility, every day of the year”, Labor Minister Sabine Winton has warned as the pressure-cooker festive season approaches. On the final day of the State Government’s 16 Days in WA domestic violence campaign, Ms Winton warned against complacency, saying the festive season was traditionally a troubled time for many families. It comes as the Federal Government announced $500,000 for two WA groups to develop programs to tackle the issue before acts of domestic violence occurred. “The work doesn’t stop today,” the WA Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister said. “16 Days may be finished for the year, but stopping violence in the home is everyone’s responsibility, every day of the year. “I know the holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for victim-survivors. “My message is simple: support is available for those who need it, and however we can, wherever we can, all of us need to keep playing our part to stop family and domestic violence.” The 16 Days in WA - Stop Violence Against Women campaign runs every year. The statistics around domestic violence tell a frightening story. One in six Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner. In 2022, 37 per cent of homicides in WA were the result of family and domestic violence, representing 18 victims. During the 16 Days in WA campaign, Premier Roger Cook announced $76 million of new investment to combat family and domestic violence. Police Minister Paul Papalia also announced a new team of specialist family safety officers who would provide intensive, continuing support to women believed to be at the highest risk of harm from violent partners. “The theme this year was ‘play your part’, and we saw people from right across WA stepping up to join the campaign - community leaders, service providers, industry providers,” Ms Winton said. Another damning statistic is that Aboriginal and Torres Islander women experience disproportionately higher rates of violence than non-Indigenous women. Figures released by the office of Federal Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth on Saturday show Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of violence than non-Indigenous women. The Federal Government has provided two WA groups with $500,000 to develop programs to address family violence. The Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service will develop a new program to work with family and domestic violence perpetrators to change their behaviour to stop them from committing acts of violence. “I want to acknowledge the strength within First Nations communities and the importance of family and culture,” Minister Rishworth said. “Our Government is proud to partner with the WA government to ensure that we continue to support new approaches to work with perpetrators of family, domestic, and sexual violence, in culturally safe, trauma-informed and community-led ways. “It is vital that we have culturally safe programs in place to meet and respond to the specific needs of First Nations families and communities. “Under the First Action Plan of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032, all levels of government have committed to strengthen systems and services to change the behaviours of perpetrators with the aim of protecting the safety and well-being of victim-survivors”.