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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.

Data insights

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

Perpetrator accountability

In November 2016, the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) established the Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions’ (EACPI) in response to recommendation 86 of the Royal Commission, to consider how to increase the accountability of perpetrators and shift the burden away from victim survivors.

The EACPI final report contains 22 recommendations that seek to improve the range, accessibility and robustness of Victorian’s perpetrator interventions.

It provides government with expert advice on how to shift the focus away from victim survivors being responsible for their own safety, to perpetrators, so they:

  • can take responsibility for their own actions
  • be held accountable for their actions
  • receive messages from the service system and broader community

It also highlights that the service system and community must work together to hold perpetrators to account and keep them in view.

The report and its recommendations will guide next steps to reform the service system. Work has already progressed on many of the report’s recommended areas of focus, including:

  • Trial interventions in community and justice settings for people who use violence from diverse communities and with complex needs have commenced and are being evaluated. This includes working with Aboriginal communities, diverse communities, people with cognitive impairment, and women, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people.
  • The EACPI Principles for Perpetrator Interventions have been embedded in the men’s behaviour change program minimum standards and case management guidelines to strengthen practice.
  • The ‘Tilting our Practice’ family violence model of practice has been rolled out to the Child Protection workforce to strengthen their understanding of how to work with men as fathers and perpetrators in a non-collusive way. 
  • The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) tool and practice guidance for perpetrators is under development and will provide workforces across a range of specialisations with the tools to work safely with perpetrators of family violence to maintain engagement and support change.
  • Victoria Police has rolled out 31 Family Violence Investigation Units across the state to work with high risk family violence cases, and improve the safety of victim survivors through police responses. This is supported with tools to help identify risk and prioritise interventions.
  • There are 5 specialist family violence courts opening through 2019-20 which prioritise safety, support and service along with built facilities that provide safe and secure environments for victim survivors and families. All specialist family violence courts include specialist Magistrates, larger multi-disciplinary teams of operational staff, practitioners, partner agencies and other court-based services to deliver a coordinated response.
  • Family Safety Victoria's Centre for Workforce Excellence is finalising Strengthening the Foundations: First Rolling Action Plan to the family violence 10 Year Industry Plan. This will include initiatives to build the supply, knowledge and skills of the workforces that have a role in working with victims and perpetrators of family violence, including children. Initiatives will include accredited training courses for these workforces, and an attraction campaign and health and wellbeing framework for the specialist family violence workforce.
  • The Perpetrator Accountability Steering Committee, a dedicated inter-departmental governance committee, has been established to help strengthen the focus of perpetrator accountability across our reform work.

Download the Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions report

Reviewed 03 December 2019

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