National domestic violence offender register and mandatory ID checks key to protecting potential victims on dating apps
25 January 2023
In an effort to protect users of dating apps from potential perpetrators, Full Stop Australia is calling for a national domestic violence offender register and mandatory ID checks on dating apps at today’s online safety summit.
Federal Budget must commit $1 billion per year to fill urgent gaps in frontline sexual, domestic and family violence services
25 October 2022
Last week, the Federal Government launched an ambitious National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-2032) in one generation, but no new funding has yet been announced to fill blackspots and shortfalls in essential frontline services for people impacted by violence and abuse.
National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children sets out whole-of-society approach to end gender-based violence.
17 October 2022
The Commonwealth, state and territory governments have today released the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-2032).
Protecting children from sexual abuse should be the number one priority
5 September 2022
National violence and abuse counselling service Full Stop Australia, calls for tangible action to combat child sexual abuse as Child Protection Week begins.
Women’s safety must be front and centre at the Jobs and Skills Summit
31 August 2022
With nearly half of women in Australia impacted by workplace sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence being the biggest preventable burden on working women’s health, any discussion of women’s economic engagement must have a focus on women’s safety.
3.6 million Australians have experienced partner emotional abuse, new analysis of ABS data shows.
24 August 2022
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today released new analysis of the Personal Safety Survey data which has shown that an estimated 2.2 million adult women (23 per cent) and 1.4 million adult men (16 per cent) have experienced partner emotional abuse.
National plan to improve criminal justice responses to sexual assault a huge win
17 August 2022
Full Stop Australia welcomed the announcement by the Attorneys-General to improve justice responses for sexual assault survivors across Australia.
Broderick Report reveals “disturbingly high” instances of sexual assault and harassment in NSW Parliament.
12 August 2022
The Independent Review into bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct at the Parliament of NSW (‘The Broderick Report’) has today been released, revealing a “devastating” workplace culture.
10 Days Paid Domestic Violence Leave a “game-changer”
28 July 2022
Samantha Schulte, a survivor of domestic violence and survivor-advocate with Full Stop Australia, has said paid domestic violence leave could be the huge difference for employees who are experiencing domestic violence.
“National Crisis” as ABS crime data shows a 13% increase in sexual assaults
28 July 2022
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released 2021 crime statistics which has shown that sexual assaults have increased by 13% in the last year, with over 31,118 victims across Australia.
Coercive control set to be criminalised in NSW, as Full Stop Australia calls for similar reforms across Australia.
20 July 2022
National sexual, domestic and family violence organisation, Full Stop Australia, congratulates NSW Government on coercive control law reform and calls on other states and territories to follow.
Past Media Releases
MARCH 2022: Urgent law reform needed to prevent sexual harassment at work (Joint Statement).
Everyone deserves to be safe at work and free from sexual harassment, but our current system is failing us. While sexual harassment is pervasive across all industries and all employment levels in Australia, it is not inevitable. We have the power to prevent it.
Download the media release here (303 KB)
MARCH 2022: Full Stop Australia Response to Women’s Safety Budget.
Full Stop Australia welcomes the Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on supporting sexual, domestic and family violence survivors from crisis through to recovery but says more needs to be invested to address gender inequality.
Download the media release here (531 KB)
MARCH 2022: Federal Budget 2022-2023. What’s needed for Women’s Safety.
Full Stop Australia is calling on the Federal Government to take decisive action and invest $1 billion in women’s safety.
Download the position statement here (135 KB)
MARCH 2022: Sexual violence in Australian universities under the spotlight.
One in six university students in Australia have been sexually harassed since they started university, and one in 20 have sexually assaulted.
Download the media release here (135 KB)
MARCH 2022: Sexual and family violence survivors need services to assist them to recover from their traumatic experiences
Federal Government officials, mental health and trauma experts have come together, calling for greater service integration so that all survivors are supported to recover from the trauma they have experienced.
Download the media release here (135 KB)
MARCH 2022: Full Stop Australia concerned sexual violence services have been forgotten in NSW under National Partnership Agreement
Sexual violence services in NSW have received no allocated funding, despite National Partnership agreement to deliver $260million for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Download the media release here (139 KB)
FEBRUARY 2022: Full Stop Australia launches campaign to support NSW sexual violence survivors
Full Stop Australia has today launched an online campaign calling for adequate and ongoing funding to support sexual violence survivors in NSW.
Download the media release here (257 KB)
FEBRUARY 2022: Consent education curriculum a monumental change for Australian students
The landmark mandate to include consent education in the Australian curriculum is a historic win for young people across Australia and Chanel Contos’ ‘Teach Us Consent’ campaign.
Download the media release here (141 KB)
FEBRUARY 2022: Increased funding and support services vital for sexual assault survivors
New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today shows male sexual assault offenders have increased by 13% over the past 10 years, with 53,570 sexual assault offenders recorded between 2010/11 and 2019/20.
Download the media release here (471 KB)
NOVEMBER 2021: Launch of Full Stop Australia
Full Stop Australia, formerly known as Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA), today launched Australia’s first National Survivor Advocate Program. The program will bring together people with lived experience of sexual, domestic, and family violence from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds to drive change to national policy, practice, and law reform in a safe and supportive way.
Download the media release here (PDF 220 KB)
NOVEMBER 2021: Sexual consent loophole in bill needs to be closed
We're calling for a loophole in new sexual consent laws to be resolved before becoming legislation in NSW.
Download the media release here (PDF 82 KB)
OCTOBER 2021: Full Stop Foundation putting domestic violence survivors in the driver's seat with help from NRMA Insurance
30 specialist frontline agencies across Australia have received a share of $750,000 through a partnership between NRMA Insurance and the Full Stop Foundation.
Download the media release here (PDF 591 KB)
SEPTEMBER 2021: Response to the NSW Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update June 2021
Much-needed sexual and family violence reform is vital in NSW after data once again shows a significant increase in reported incidents.
Download the media release here (PDF 111 KB)
SEPTEMBER 2021: It's Time to Put a Full Stop to Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence
What we need to see from the National Women's Safety Summit.
Download the media release here (PDF 130 KB)
AUGUST 2021: Disturbing child abuse statistics
ABS data finds child sexual abuse raises future risk of sexual assault - so what are the solutions?
Download the media release here (PDF 523 KB)
JULY 2021: DV Impact Cash Transfer EOI
Expressions of Interest open for agencies across Australia to apply for funds between $1,000 and $5,000 to assist clients impacted by Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence.
Download the Flyer here (PDF 574 KB)
JUNE 2021: Coercive control a crime in NSW
"Now that Coercive Control is to be made a crime in NSW, training and education must begin in earnest", R&DVSA CEO, Hayley Foster.
Download the media release here (PDF 121 KB)
JUNE 2021: R&DVSA responds to NSW Budget
R&DVSA has welcomed the increased funding for frontline sexual and domestic violence services in today’s NSW State Budget.
Download the media release here (PDF 96 KB)
JUNE 2021: Hayley Foster new CEO
R&DVSA Board and staff welcome our new CEO Hayley Foster.
Download the media release here (PDF 642 KB)
APRIL 2021: NSW Women's Alliance 9 Point Plan
R&DVSA joins DVNSW and the NSW Women's Alliance in the call for changes to laws, regulations and policies that endanger people experiencing family violence.
Download the open letter to Premier Berejiklian here (PDF 821 KB)
Download the media release here (PDF 641 KB)
APRIL 2021: Karen Willis OAM Resignation
R&DVSA EO Karen Willis has announced her resignation. Working to end violence against women for over 40 years, Karen made a huge contribution to the rights of people impacted by sexual, domestic & family violence. We thank her for her years of service.
Download the media release here (PDF 252 KB)