27 September 2023

Royal Commission guidance implemented

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The Minister for Prevention of Family Violence has announced the State has implemented all 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence which was conducted in 2016.

Marking the milestone, the Minister Ros Spence said the Royal Commission revealed the devastating prevalence and impact of family violence and set out a framework for whole-of-system reform to end family violence in Victoria.

“Key recommendations include establishing Specialist Family Violence Courts and the rollout of the State-wide Orange Door Network, which has fundamentally changed the way the system responds to family violence,” Ms Spence said.

“Since first opening in 2018, the Network has assisted more than 267,000 people, including more than 107,000 children,” she said.

“Government is building an inclusive family violence system that responds to the needs of all Victorians, including a community-led, self-determined response to end family violence against Aboriginal people through the Dhelk Dja Agreement.”

Ms Spence said perpetrators were being kept “in sight” with expanded community-based interventions and accommodation programs – informed by a new, comprehensive view of risk through the Central Information Point.

She said that from the roll-out of the Orange Door Network and establishing Respect Victoria – the nation’s first dedicated prevention Agency – to delivering Respectful Relationships programs in more than 1,950 schools, Victoria was leading the country in family violence reforms.

“We are building a Victoria that is free from violence,” the Minister said.

“Through this work, we’re shifting the dial on attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence and strengthening the nation-leading family violence system we’ve built,” she said.

“Victoria owes victim survivors a great debt for their generosity in sharing their stories and experiences, so that we can continue to improve the way we prevent and respond to family violence.”

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