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 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
- Policing Harm, Upholding the Right: Victoria Police Strategy (2017)
- Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (2016)
- Royal Commission into Family Violence: Report and recommendations (2016)
- Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children (2012)
- Strong Culture, Strong People, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities (2008)
- Victorian Homelessness Action Plan (2011)
- National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (2010)
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:
The Family Violence Protection Act (2008), including a consistent and comprehensive definition of family violence
A new system of police-issued family violence safety notices
The Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence (2014)
New housing and crisis support options for women and children
A Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework, also known as the Common Risk Assessment Framework, or CRAF
Sector reform also involved the creation of regional partnerships, including NIFVS, to drive and monitor integration.