For generations, family violence has undermined the very heart of our most important institutions and the place where we are supposed to be at our safest.
In February 2014, the tragic death of Luke Batty and the courageous response by his mother Rosie gained the attention of our nation.
In May, Daniel Andrews announced that a Labor Government would create a Royal Commission into Family Violence.
In the course of my work, since December, as the country’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, one striking fact has emerged: we know there is a problem, but we don’t know just how big the problem is.
In almost every other sphere of civic life and human wellbeing, there are firm measures that tell us where we are at and where we are headed.
Measuring death and injury on our roads has helped us improve safety, reduce road trauma and save lives on our roads.
Measuring the Consumer Price Index helps us understand the cost of living.
A Family Violence Index will tell us so much more about the size and scope of our national emergency. Most importantly, it will help us save lives.
Fiona Richardson MP, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence