Family Violence Royal Commission Formally Established

The Premier Daniel Andrews was joined today by the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, to present the letters patent to formally establish Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence to the Governor of Victoria.

The Governor, His Excellency, the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, signed the letters patent appointing the Hon Justice Marcia Neave AO as Commissioner and Chairperson and Patricia Faulkner AO and Tony Nicholson as Deputy Commissioners.

The Royal Commission has been tasked with providing recommendations that will influence generational change to prevent and respond to family violence. Addressing family violence is a key priority for the Labor Government. We are getting on with the job.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $40 million for the Royal Commission. Of this, $36 million will go towards the operation of the Royal Commission and $4 million will be provided as an initial investment for support services that experience an increase in demand during the Royal Commission.

Family violence is the most pervasive and common form of violence against women in Victoria. It is the leading cause of death and disability in women under 45.

In 2013, there were 44 family-violence related deaths across the state and more than 65,000 family incidents reported to police – a third of all police work.

The Terms of Reference require the Commissioners to find the most effective ways to:

• Prevent family violence
• Improve early intervention to identify and protect those at risk
• Support victims
• Make perpetrators accountable
• Better coordinate responses and shape appropriate attitudes towards women and children.

If you or someone you care about is living with an abusive partner or family member call Safe Steps (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria) for confidential support and information: 1800 015 188.

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