The Victorian Government launched Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence (royal commission) in February 2015 and tasked it with reviewing our state’s response to family violence.
On 29 March 2016, the royal commission released its report, detailing a system that failed to keep victim survivors safe. Across programs, laws and policies, the 227 recommendations were directed at improving the current system, while also transforming the way that we respond to family violence going forward.
In response, the Premier committed to implementing every single recommendation. Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (the 10 Year Plan) was released in November 2016, and sets out the long term vision of a Victoria free from family violence.
Importantly, this plan is underpinned by the necessary attention and investment.
Building on record funding of $572 million as part of the Victorian Budget 2016-17, the government announced an unprecedented $1.91 billion to further support these once-in-a-generation reforms.
Responding to the royal commission is about more than acquitting recommendations; it is about keeping women and children safe, and holding perpetrators to account.