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Royal Commission into Family Violence report

We launched Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015 to address the scale and impact of this crime in Victoria. It was tasked with finding solutions to:

  • prevent family violence
  • better support victim survivors
  • make perpetrators accountable.

The commission saw 25 days of public hearings, it commissioned research and held community conversations with over 800 Victorians. It also received almost 1000 written submissions.

The commission provided a once in a generation opportunity to examine our system from the ground up and put victim survivors at the centre of family violence reform.

It has investigated criminal law corrections and the courts. It has considered the role of support services, the health system and alcohol and drug treatment services, as well as those of refuges, housing and education. It has also considered the resources and tools available to police.

The Royal Commission made 227 recommendations to transform Victoria’s response to family violence.

You can track our progress for each of these recommendations, read: Recommendations

Snapshot of the recommendations

  • Support and Safety Hubs to make it easier for victims/survivors to find help and gain access to a greater range of services
  • immediate funding boost to services
  • a 'blitz' to rehouse women and children forced to leave their homes
  • stronger perpetrator programs
  • family violence training for all key workforces
  • new laws to ensure that privacy considerations do not trump victims/survivors' safety
  • a Central Information Point to funnel information about perpetrators to the Hubs
  • expanded investigative capacity for police, mobile technology for front-line police, trial of body-worn cameras
  • more specialist family violence courts that can deal with criminal, civil and family law matters at the same time
  • expanded respectful relationships education in schools
  • an independent Family Violence Agency to hold government to account.

Royal Commission into Family Violence report

The commission released its 2082 page report in March 2016. The Royal Commission into Family Violence: Report and recommendations detailed a family violence system that failed to work with victim survivors to keep them safe. It saw significant gaps and obstacles to effective programs, laws and policies.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report confirms that family violence causes terrible physical and psychological harm, particularly to women and children, families and communities.

It makes clear that preventing and responding to family violence is highly complex and that there is no single or easy solution. The Royal Commission advocates for a response that is long term, requires all parts of government to work together, and involves the entire community.

We are committed to working collaboratively with victim survivors and the family violence sector in the implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations and in establishing strong and enduring governance arrangements.

Each report volume, including the Royal Commission into Family Violence Summary and Recommendations, is available as a separate PDF: