Get Involved in Pride, Respect, Equality Campaign

Respect Victoria has launched the Pride, Respect, Equality campaign, encouraging families to support, respect and celebrate LGBTIQ+ loved ones. More than six in ten LGBTIQ+ people experience family violence from family members, with parents and siblings the most likely perpetrators. The campaign includes resources, advice, and stories from Victorian families who have faced significant challenges…

Phase 2 of the MARAM and Information Sharing Schemes Commences

Phase 2 of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) and Information Sharing Schemes (ISEs) came into effect on 19 April across 5,850 government and non-government organisations, covering approximately 370,000 additional professionals. The reforms now extend to health and education services including general practitioners (Information Sharing only), publicly funded hospitals, community managed mental health services,…

Remote Court Hearings Legislated

New laws to ensure the justice system can continue to operate safely, effectively and efficiently in the recovery stage of COVID-19 have passed Victorian Parliament.      The Justice Legislation Amendment (System Enhancements and Other Matters) Bill 2021 makes permanent a range of temporary measures introduced in response to COVID-19 throughout the justice system and aims…

Fifth Anniversary of Royal Commission into Family Violence

This week marked the fifth anniversary of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission involved 25 days of public hearings, community conversations with more than 800 Victorians, and almost 1,000 written submissions.  Victim survivors, families of those who experienced violence, experts in the field and service providers generously and courageously shared their experiences…