NIFVS was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Fiona Richardson MP – Minister for Women, and Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. Minister Richardson passed away on 23 August, aged just 50 years old.
Minister Richardson was a fierce and fearless advocate for women and for victim survivors of family violence. As Victoria’s Minister for Women and Australia’s first ever Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence she tirelessly fought for a better world for Victorian women.
Among her many ground breaking achievements, Minister Richardson oversaw the implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and the development of Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy and Free From Violence: Victoria’s Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women. She recognised the importance of the voices of victim survivors of violence in preventing and responding to violence, establishing our first ever Victim Survivor Advisory Council.
NIFVS extends heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.