It’s Time To Fix Our Broken Family Violence System

The Andrews Labor Government will overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release today of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

The Labor Government will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report – with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing.

We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts.

We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at  hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account.

We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims.

There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships.

Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms.

We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe.

This ground breaking report describes what so many victims have been telling us for years: the system does not work. The report makes clear these failures, but it has also shown us how we can begin to fix them.

The report was today tabled in Parliament. A copy is available at www.vic.gov.au/familyviolenceresponse

Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews

“I refuse to look back in ten years’ time and admit that we could have done more to save innocent lives. We will get this right.”

“We will punish the perpetrators, listen to the survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place.”

“There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson

“This report will change everything. We want to create a new system that helps prevent violence and gives victims and survivors the support they need.”

“We need lasting generational reform that changes attitudes and behaviours. We’ve done this for road accidents and workplace safety. We can do it again for family violence.”