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In a significant development, former senator Natasha Stott Despoja has been appointed to lead South Australia’s Royal Commission on Domestic Family Sexual Violence. The commission, established by the state government in response to recent deaths related to domestic violence, is set to commence in July and is expected to run for a year.

The primary focus of the commission will be on key themes such as prevention, early intervention, response, recovery, and healing, aligning with the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2023. Stott Despoja emphasized the importance of addressing gender inequality and eradicating violence against women and children in South Australia and beyond.

The state government has allocated $3 million for the commission, acknowledging that tackling domestic family violence requires a significant cultural change. Premier Peter Malinauskas highlighted the complexity of the issue, stating that complex problems demand multifaceted solutions.

Minister Katrine Hildyard expressed the urgent need for change, describing the prevalence of domestic violence in South Australia as horrific. The commission aims to give voice to survivors and send a strong message to the community about preventing violence, particularly by men.

Overall, the Royal Commission on Domestic Family Sexual Violence in South Australia is a crucial step towards creating a safer and more equitable society for all its residents.


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Article Title: Former senator Natasha Stott Despoja to lead South Australia’s domestic violence royal commission
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