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Who we are 

Family Safety Victoria is committed to keeping women, children and families safe.

Family Safety Victoria was established in July 2017 to drive key elements of Victoria’s family violence strategy and coordinate support for families to help them care for children and young people.

Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people. We are working to keep women, children and families safe, and to ensure children and young people grow up in families that can support their development, health and wellbeing needs.

Our vision

To create a future where all Victorians are safe and where children grow up in environments that are built on gender equality and respectful relationships.

Our role

At Family Safety Victoria, everything we do begins with a deep understanding of people’s lived experiences and the specialist expertise of the family violence and family services sector. 

Family Safety Victoria will lead policy development and deliver key reforms including:

  • establishing 17 Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria – transforming services, making it easier to get help for those at risk or experiencing family violence and for families needing support for the health and wellbeing of their children
  • enhancing existing specialised services for victims of family violence including children, so that the right assistance is available at the right time
  • implementing information sharing regime and risk assessment and management, supported by a Central Information Point (CIP) connecting police, the courts and services to keep victims safe
  • delivering the 10-Year Family Violence Industry Plan and house the new Centre for Workforce Excellence, to build workforce capacity and capability in partnership with the sector
  • building an understanding to embed responsiveness to diverse communities across the family violence reforms
  • leading engagement with sector, victim survivors, diverse communities and the Victorian community as a whole across all reforms and initiatives we deliver

We are working across government and with our partners across the community services sector to transform services and introduce new practices to make it easier for people to get the help, protection, and support they need. 

By leading collaboration and engagement for Victoria’s family violence response we will make sure victim survivors remain at the heart of these changes, and that services are safe, accessible and culturally appropriate.

Chief Executive Officer, Family Safety Victoria

Sue Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Family Safety VictoriaIn June 2017, Sue Clifford APM was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the newly established Family Safety Victoria, tasked with driving and delivering the Victorian Government’s response to family violence.

Ms Clifford has extensive experience working with the individual communities, the sector and Government to drive important changes that improve the safety of Victorians. This includes nearly three decades working with Victoria Police, specialising in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Ms Clifford comes to Family Safety Victoria from her most recent role as Commander of the Priority Communities Division at Victoria Police, which was established to engage more effectively and purposefully with diverse communities across Victoria.

Prior to this role, she spent five years working for the Australian Football League (AFL) as General Manager, People and Culture, leading core initiatives to affect change in the culture of those who work, play and support the AFL. Ms Clifford was responsible for the development and management of a number of programs that changed how the AFL community perceived Respect and Responsibility, Drugs and Anti-Doping and Gambling Alcohol. She was also Chair of the AFLs Vilification Committee.

As an active member of the community, Ms Clifford has played a key and influential role in the development of with the White Ribbon Foundation, and has previously been a Board member for Domestic Violence Victoria.

She has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Melbourne University and has studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ms Clifford recently awarded the Australian Police Medal in the 2017 Australia day honours.

CEO pays tribute to the legacy of Minister Richardson

I share the sentiments expressed by the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, and other community leaders who have paid tribute to the incredible work of Australia's first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, who passed away on Wednesday.

On behalf of Family Safety Victoria, I want to extend our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Minister Richardson's family, friends and colleagues

Family Safety Victoria is part of the work pioneered by Minister Richardson who was a significant advocate for ending family violence and achieving gender equality.

Minister Richardson will be remembered for her campaign to make family violence a visible and public issue and her dedication to ensuring victim survivors' voices are and continue to be heard.

She established the state's first Victim Survivors' Advisory Council and as Minister for Women, led the critical foundations to achieving gender equality so as to prevent family violence from happening in the first place.

Her contribution to end the disadvantage, discrimination and violence experienced by girls and women is having impacts across the Victorian community, including in workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and the family home.

She created a legacy for us to contribute to for years to come as we work to deliver the reforms of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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