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Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence

30 March 2016
Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Victorian Government will overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release today of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

The Victorian Government will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report - with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing.

We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts.

We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account.

We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims.

There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships.

Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms.

We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe.

This ground breaking report describes what so many victims have been telling us for years: the system does not work. The report makes clear these failures, but it has also shown us how we can begin to fix them.

The report was today tabled in Parliament. A copy is available at www.vic.gov.au/familyviolenceresponse

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