Victorian Government pledges to reform family violence system
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has agreed to implement all 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence report, calling it an overhaul of a ‘broken’ family violence system.
After 13 months listening to the stories of survivors of family violence, the commission has made its report public. It is the largest report ever produced on family violence and the failings of the system for victims.
In announcing his government’s commitment, Premier Andrews promised to ‘punish the perpetrators, listen to survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place.’
Premier Andrews says he will place victims at the heart of the reforms.
‘There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up,’ he said.
Rosie Batty, who played a key role in the establishment of the groundbreaking commission, said it would take her weeks to digest the report but that she is ‘thrilled’.
Key recommendations made by the commission:
- a dedicated funding stream to prevent family violence
- a major rehousing program for women and children forced to leave their homes
- new laws that will allow information-sharing and more centralised services to ensure victims' safety
- the establishment of 17 statewide support and safety hubs to help victims access a greater range of services, including early intervention services
- more specialist family violence courts to deal with criminal, civil and family law matters at the same time
- stronger perpetrator programs
- family violence training at key workforces, including hospitals and schools
- an independent watchdog to hold the government to account.
Family violence advocates have welcomed the report and commended the Premier's commitment. Domestic Violence Victoria CEO, Fiona McCormack, hailed it as a ‘chance to make an extraordinary difference to family violence.’
‘We are especially pleased that the Commissioners have listened to the specialists in the family violence sector and recommended that a dedicated funding stream for violence be introduced in the State Budget,’ she said.
The report is available to view online on the Royal Commission into Family Violence website.