Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence
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. It has investigated criminal law corrections and the courts. It has looked at support services, the health system, alcohol and drug treatment. It has looked at refuges, housing and education. It has also looked at the resources and tools available to our hard-working police officers.
The Royal Commission has provided practical recommendations to prevent and address family violence, based on an examination of the current service system and best practice approaches. The Victorian Government has committed to implementing each of the Family Violence Royal Commission Report recommendations.
The Government is 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 governance.
Each report volume (inc. 'Summary & Recommendations') has also been made available as separated PDFs:
- Summary and recommendations (PDF, 116 pages, 3.9MB)
- Volume I: Report and recommendations (PDF, 286 pages, 2.3MB)
- Volume II: Report and recommendations (PDF, 302 pages, 2.4MB)
- Volume III: Report and recommendations (PDF, 324 pages, 2.8MB)
- Volume IV: Report and recommendations (PDF, 252 pages, 2.4MB)
- Volume V: Report and recommendations (PDF, 270 pages, 2.5MB)
- Volume VI: Report and recommendations (PDF, 288 pages, 2.6MB)
- Volume VII: Commissioned research (PDF, 244 pages, 3.3MB)
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Family Violence Steering Committee
A Family Violence Steering Committee will be established to help reform the family violence system.
The committee will allow the Government, experts and the organisations that support survivors to sit at the same table to guide our reform of a system that has failed family violence victims for too long.
Victim Survivors' Advisory Council
The 2015 Australian of the Year and family violence campaigner, Rosie Batty, will chair a Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council. The Council will provide a consistent mechanism for ongoing engagement and play an integral part in the design of new services and systems.
Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund 2016-17
The fund will offer $1.3 million in grants to community legal centres and Aboriginal legal services to provide family violence-related services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.
Applications for funding will close at midnight on 29 July 2016.
- 27 June 2016 - Family Violence Fund Assists Vulnerable Victorians
- 27 June 2016 - Next Phase Of Family Violence Reform Begins Today
- 23 June 2016 - Support For Allied Health Workers To Tackle Family Violence
- 23 June 2016 - First Step In National Domestic Violence Scheme
- 16 June 2016 - More Resources For Family Violence Risk Management
- 16 June 2016 - More Training To Identify And Respond To Family Violence
- 24 May 2016 - New Anti-Family Violence Trial: An Australian First
- 12 May 2016 - More Child Protection Workers To Keep Kids Safe
- 8 May 2016 - Better Training For Carers Of Vulnerable Young People
- 8 May 2016 - Fixing Victoria's Residential Care
- 4 May 2016 - Extra Support To Meet The Urgent Needs Of Family Violence Victims
- 27 April 2016 - Keeping Our Kids Safe: More Support For Child Protection
- 13 April 2016 - Housing Blitz For Women And Children Begins
- 13 April 2016 - Stronger Justice System To Respond To Family Violence
- 13 April 2016 - Urgent Family Violence Investment Will Help Keep Women And Children Safe
- 13 April 2016 - More Support For Aboriginal Victorians At Risk Of Family Violence
- 13 April 2016 - Roadmap For Reform Will Mean A Safer Future For Vulnerable Kids
- 13 April 2016 - Promoting Respectful Relationships In Our Schools And Kinders
- 12 April 2016 - Monash Uni To Review Family Violence Framework
- 8 April 2016 - Family Violence Support For Vulnerable Children
- 3 April 2016 - United States Child Welfare Experts Visit Victoria
- 31 March 2016 - Regional Victorians Will Be Safer Under Family Violence Overhaul
- 30 March 2016 - It's Time To Fix Our Broken Family Violence System
- 29 March 2016 - Government Receives Report Of The Royal Commission Into Family Violence
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 or chat online to a counsellor from the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence hotline.
SAFE STEPS 1800 015 188
For confidential support and information contact Safe Steps 1800 015 188 family violence response line 24/7.
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.