Domestic violence: Daniel Andrews vows to overhaul ‘broken’ support system after commission report
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has vowed to overhaul a “broken” family violence support system after a report called for sweeping reforms to prevent and respond to the problem.
After 13 months and 25 days of hearings, the Royal Commission into Family Violence has given 227 recommendations to the State Government and said all parts of the domestic violence system were overwhelmed.
Mr Andrews said the State Government would implement all of the report’s recommendations.
“We’ll overhaul our broken support system from the bottom up,” he said.
“We’ll punish the perpetrators of this violence, we’ll listen to the people who survive it and we will change the culture that created it.”
Mr Andrews said last year 37 Victorians had been murder by a family member.
“We failed every single one of them,” he said.
“Family violence is a silent crime deployed by cowards behind closed doors.
“It’s Australia’s number one law and order issue but it’s taken us too long to admit it.”
The commission recommended the creation of 17 support and safety hubs to act as one-stop-shops for family violence victims.
The hubs would act as a single entry point for victims and would perform risk assessments, provide assistance and arrange emergency accommodation.
“There must be clear entry points into, and pathways between different parts of the system, to make the experience of seeking help as supportive and seamless as possible,” the report said.
The commission also called for changes to Victoria Police structure to make family violence a core business. To read more click here.
The 2016 Stop Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane. To express your interest in the 2016 Conference CLICK HERE.