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Ending family violence - Victoria’s 10-year plan for change

Our 10-year plan outlines the Royal Commission’s 227 recommendations, outcomes and initial targets to prevent and respond to family violence.

Targets of the plan

  • No woman or child is killed as a result of family violence.
  • All Victorians will believe that family violence and gender inequality are unacceptable, and will hold attitudes that support respectful relationships.
  • Victims survivors will be supported to remain safely in their homes and connected to their community.
  • More women and children at risk of family violence will be able to access effective early interventions.
  • A significant reduction in the number of child protection reports that are substantiated.
  • Family violence reoffending will be eliminated.
  • Workers in universal (non-family violence specific) services will feel confident to identify and respond to all forms of family violence.

Download the 10-year plan

Progressing the 10-year plan for change under the rolling action plan

The Family Violence Rolling Action Plan 2017-2020 is the next step of the Victorian Government’s 10-year agenda to build a Victoria free from family violence.

It is focused on the first phase of implementation, including how the key initiatives and actions we are taking will contribute to achieving outcomes, how they will be funded, as well as how they deliver on the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Royal Commission) recommendations.

Find a summary of the key focus areas we're progressing.

Prevention

A family violence prevention agency with dedicated funding has be established to strengthen our focus on primary prevention across the system. 

Gender Equality Strategy has set out how we will work to build a fair and equal Victoria.

Roll-out of  Respectful Relationships education has been established and will support schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Housing

Invested over $600 million to improve:

  • social housing
  • crisis accommodation and homelessness services
  • refuges
  • provision of private rental assistance

Support and Safety Hubs (The Orange Door)

A network of Support and Safety Hubs (now The Orange Door) will provide people with access to the support they need services to be safe, recover and thrive. The Orange Door will coordinate support, so people are not left to manage risk and other problems alone.

New laws

Make intervention laws better for victim survivors and restrict the bail process by making it obligatory on bail decision makers to assess the risks of family violence posed by an offender being granted bail. An information sharing scheme will mean a person’s safety will trump a perpetrator’s right to privacy.

Central coordination agency

A new agency (now named Family Safety Victoria) dedicated to delivering family violence reform with the aim of making it easier for family violence survivors to get the help they need. This includes establishing a central information point for tracking perpetrators and developing new Support and Safety Hubs (now The Orange Door) for victim survivors. The agency will consult with specialists and those with lived experience and coordinate across sector to deliver this reform

Navigators

Skilled specialist family violence workers that are able to support people experiencing family violence from crisis to recovery.

Partnerships

We are working with people with lived experience, Aboriginal and diverse communities, the family violence sector and experts and to create effective approaches to addressing family violence.

Specialist family violence courts

Provide extra resources, specialist support staff and security upgrades to courts to keep victim survivors and their families safe.

Police

Family violence will be at the core of Victoria Police’s service provision. Members of Victoria Police will be trained in family violence response and will receive digital technology upgrades to process risk assessments and submit reports to partner organisations efficiently.

Centre for workforce excellence

Embed specialist expertise and support for the family violence workforce.

Children and families

Intervene early to keep children safe. Children’s services will be therapeutic, child-friendly and safe.

Keeping people safe

Safety first for women and children by using the improved [Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework] and information sharing schemes.

Central information point

A Central Information Point will consolidate information about a person who uses family violence into a single report to support risk assessment and management activities.

Perpetrator accountability

An Expert Advisory Committee will advise government on the range of interventions that should be available in Victoria to respond effectively to perpetrators of family violence. 

Data insights

Build data analytics and improve how information is collected and shared.

Reviewed 09 October 2019

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