Many have looked to Victoria to gauge what a multi-billion-dollar government commitment to family violence reform can deliver.
Among the significant reforms from the royal commission that have been implemented:
- the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, which enables sharing of information between organisations to support family violence risk assessment and management
- a new framework that supports practitioners to effectively identify, assess and manage family violence risk
- the creation of specialist family violence courts
- the introduction of the Victim-Survivors Advisory Council to ensure individuals with lived experience are consulted in the ongoing delivery of the reforms
- and the establishment of Respect Victoria, an organisation dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and family violence.
Last year was another horrific year for violence against women. A woman in Australia was killed by male violence every six days. We must do better.