A Commonwealth program called Partnerships Against Domestic Violence (PADV) committed $50 million dollars for research and resources over a six-year period to 2003. The PADV program was announced by the then Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP, in November 1997 at the National Domestic Violence Summit attended by all Heads of Government. This was the first time all Australian Heads of Government had come together in a united effort to address domestic violence, and it marked the beginning of a new cooperative and mutually beneficial process for Australian governments.
PADV was founded upon the Statement of Principles agreed to by Heads of Government at the Summit and focused on six themes: working with children and young people to break the cycle of violence; working with adults to break patterns of violence—working with victims and violent men; working with the community, educating against violence; protecting people at risk—reforming legislation and improving responses by police and courts; Information and good practice—finding out what works and researching areas where new information is needed to support violence prevention; and working with people in regional Australia—overcoming barriers to receiving assistance. (Source: PADV Annual Report 2000-2001, Office of the Status of Women)