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The urgent need for change

A young girl and her mother read a book together.

All your decisions are about self-preservation and how safe you are from day to day and hour to hour. That is why you stay. It is safer to stay than to leave.

— Anonymous Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

Family violence shatters lives. It inflicts physical injury, psychological trauma and emotional suffering. Its impacts can last a lifetime and, at its most heinous, can cause senseless deaths.

Family violence can happen to anyone and knows no socio-economic or cultural boundaries.

We launched the Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015 to address the severity and prevalence of family violence in Victoria.

A system overwhelmed by demand

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was delivered in March 2016. It detailed a family violence system that failed to work with victim survivors to keep them safe. The Royal Commission saw significant gaps and obstacles to effective programs, laws and policies.

For more, read: A system overwhelmed by demand

The drivers and causes of family violence

Family violence occurs when a perpetrator exercises power and control over another person. It involves coercive and abusive behaviours  designed to intimidate, humiliate, undermine and isolate.

Family violence covers a wide range of conduct that involves an escalating spiral of violence.

For more, read: The drivers and causes of family violence