Victoria’s family violence system to be overhauled

BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 29 March: The Daniel Andrews led Labor Government in Victoria is all set to build a better system to put family violence victims at the heart of new reforms it plans to implement. The reforms will emanate from the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report, tabled in Parliament today.

The state government plans to overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, with the help of the report.

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

The government says: “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.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “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.”
“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,” says a media release from the Premier’s office.

Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson said, “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.”

- SAT News Service.

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