Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence was held during 2015. The Royal Commission handed down its final report on 29 March 2016. The Victorian Government committed to implementing all 227 recommendations.

In November 2016, the Victorian Government released Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change. The corresponding website provides a public tracking mechanism for the plan.

The plan will work towards the following outcomes:

  • Family violence and gender inequality are not tolerated
  • Victim survivors, vulnerable children and families, are safe and supported to recover and thrive
  • Perpetrators are held to account, engaged and connected
  • Preventing and responding to family violence is systemic and enduring

The Northern Integrated Family Violence Services Regional Integration Committee and the NIFVS Coordination Team are involved in regional consultation and implementation of aspects of the plan.

Policy and Legislation

Find below the key policy and legislation relating to family violence work in Victoria.

Key policy documents

Key legislation
Family Violence Protection Act (2008)

 

History of family violence reform

In 2004, VicHealth identified the prevention of violence against women as a health priority for Victoria. Their research showed that intimate partner violence was the highest contributor to preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44 years.

The Statewide Steering Committee to Reduce Family Violence’s 2005 report, Reforming the Family Violence System in Victoria, provided advice to government about directions for family violence system reform. Prior to the reform process, family violence was addressed through networks of community agencies and refuges. While individual agencies and workers were highly dedicated, with a great deal of experience, the overall response was often fragmented and inconsistent.

The reforms involved a range of new policies, programs, legislation and operational codes, including:

Sector reform also involved the creation of regional partnerships, including NIFVS, to drive and monitor integration.