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Consider Victoria Police issuing family violence intervention orders in the field

Recommendation:
059
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victorian Government consider whether Victoria Police should be given the power to issue family violence intervention orders in the field, subject to the recommended Statewide Family Violence Advisory Committee and Family Violence Agency advising that Victoria Police has made significant improvements to its response to family violence, taking into account the Commission’s recommendations.

  • The Department of Justice and Community Safety will consult with Victoria Police and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria to achieve an understanding of outcomes following the implementation of key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence including those made to create efficiencies around the service of family violence intervention orders (FVIOs). As part of our approach, the department will consider the issues around gains in efficiencies around service of FVIOs (including applications) undertaken by alternative service and other reforms. The department is also exploring issues around victim-survivor safety and perpetrator accountability, should the police be given the power to issue FVIOs in the field.

    Consultation and stakeholder engagement, particularly with victim-survivor and victim groups, will commence once policy advice has been developed.

  • Noting that this recommendation is to take place 5 years after the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report (2021) potential data sources are being considered and consultations with stakeholders are planned to assist in developing performance indicators for an evidence-based assessment of the reform.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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