One year on from the Royal Commission into Family Violence
Read the Message from the Premier.
It has been a year since the Royal Commission into Family Violence delivered its report. The Royal Commission provided a once in a generation opportunity to examine the family violence system from the ground up and was tasked with finding solutions to prevent family violence, better support victim survivors and hold perpetrators to account.
Our vision is for a future where all Victorians are safe, thriving and live free from family violence.
The Victorian Government is committed to reforming the family violence system and the time for change is now.
Significant progress has been made to implement the Royal Commission's recommendations, however this is about more than just acquitting recommendations.
The unprecedented investment of $572 million enabled us to begin our immediate reforms and start implementing the most urgent recommendations, and in November 2016 we released Ending Family Violence: Victoria's Plan for Change.
Guided by the voices of victim survivors and the expertise of the sector, more women and children are getting the help they need as these reforms begin to have an impact.
Work is already underway to:
- implement prevention programs to ensure family violence and gender inequality are not tolerated
- develop the strategic and structural foundations for ongoing prevention activities and initiatives
- strengthen prevention and responses for Aboriginal Communities and Diverse Communities
- establish Support and Safety Hubs
- meet demand for services
- strengthen responses for families and keep children safe
- embed earlier, more effective responses
- provide safe and stable housing and support recovery
- ensure victim-centred justice
- enhance the response of courts to family violence
- strengthen police responses to family violence improve perpetrator interventions and accountability
- strengthen the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework
- share information and work more effectively
- work in partnership across all levels of government.
Download the ’One year on from the Royal Commission into Family Violence’ report below:
A summary of a selection of key actions to take place in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence report, over the last 12 months:
- March 2017 – Homes of Victorians: Affordability, access and choice released
- January 2017 - Commencement of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016
- December 2016 – Launch Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy
- November 2016 – Launch of the second year of the Victoria Against Violence Campaign
- November 2016 – Launch 10 Year Plan, Ending Family Violence Victoria’s Plan for Change
- September 2016 – Appointment of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor
- April 2016 - $572 million state-wide funding over two years in the 2016-17 Victorian budget in response to Royal Commission recommendations
How the reforms are helping women and children escape family violence
Mary, a mother with 2 primary school age children, left a highly abusive relationship with her partner of many years and father to her two children. During the relationship there were repeated family violence incidents, with police involvement and multiple intervention orders. A Flexible Support Package helped Mary with removalist costs, assistance with bond and the first month’s rent for new, safe accommodation for her and her children.
The funding also assisted Mary’s family with school uniforms and technological aids to support schooling. With sporting registrations for the children to assist with integration in their new community and support their social development. Payment for a child counsellor/psychologist was also approved for the children, to help them work through their emotional distress. Mary is also upgrading her qualifications to enable her to return to work.
Mary and her children continue to work through the impacts of prolonged family violence, with support from the family’s case manager, access to a more secure home, support from counsellors and access to vocational training. They are also becoming more settled in their new local community, encouraged by the greater sense of protection and support they are experiencing.
Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)
The roll out of RAMPs has strengthened the protections available for those at significant risk of harm due to family violence.
They are formal monthly meetings, held at local levels between representatives from key agencies and organisations that contribute to the safety of women and children experiencing threat from family violence.
RAMPs focus on men who pose a threat and prevent them from perpetrating harm and be held accountable for their actions.
They provide a response to women and their children at critical levels of risk, who require the development of a comprehensive, multi-agency risk assessment and management action plan.
In one instance, the Victoria Police RAMP co-chair stated that:
’The cooperation between all the partners leading up to and on the day was something I have not seen in 28 years of policing. I was in no doubt that if left unchecked, this woman would have been killed once the offender found out that she was planning to leave.
Having been a co-chair since the inception of RAMP I believe we are successful because of a number of key factors:
- the people at the table are the right people from the agencies at the right level
- we are sanctioned to share all relevant information
- all the players are together in the one place at the same time’.