Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence

Putting victim survivors at the heart of family violence reform

The Victorian Government announced the Royal Commission into Family Violence, chaired by Justice Marcia Neave AO, in December 2014.

The Royal Commission received about 1,000 submissions, held 25 hearings with more than 200 witnesses, and hosted 44 group consultations with 850 people across the state.

It handed down its report on 29 March 2016.

The Government has accepted all 227 recommendations.

The Report

Australia's first Royal Commission into Family Violence provides 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.

Find out more about the report.

The Response

The Victorian Government committed $572 million over two years in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget to respond to the Royal Commission recommendations that must be done now – including more housing and crisis refuges, more counsellors, more prevention programs and more support for children who are victims of family violence.

Find out more about our progress.

Working with the Community

Victoria is changing the way it responds to family violence to provide improved support and services. A series of community consultations were held across regional Victoria and we heard from different perspectives of community life.

Be a part of the conversation to create a shared vision for an improved Family Violence system.

Share your vision.

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Family violence services and support

If you have experienced violence or sexual assault and require immediate or ongoing assistance, contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to talk to a counsellor from the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence hotline.

For confidential support and information, contact Safe Steps' 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188.

If you are concerned for your safety or that of someone else, please contact the police in your state or territory, or call 000 for emergency assistance.

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