The Minister for Police, Wade Noonan and the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson today welcome the appointment of Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter as the head of Australia’s first family violence police command.
This new command will dedicate itself to investigating family violence, sexual assault and child abuse where the perpetrator and victim know each other.
Family violence is Victoria’s number one law and order issue and its prevention is an Andrews Labor Government priority.
The Government looks forward to working with Assistant Commissioner McWhirter as part of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Police, Wade Noonan
“I congratulate Victoria Police for their work in leading the national debate about family violence.”
“There will be no greater champion for keeping the prevention of family violence at the top of police priorities than Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter.”
“Family violence is the number one law and order issue in this state.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson
“The Family Violence Command will do vitally important work and I congratulate Victoria Police for showing their commitment to stopping this endemic crime.”
“The creation of a Family Violence Command with its own dedicated leader shows how important Victoria Police consider this issue.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020