We have great news from Victoria this week! The Victorian government has agreed to implement every single recommendation made in the report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which was released last Wednesday. The report, consisting of eight volumes, details 227 recommendations aimed at making systemic changes to family violence response and prevention mechanisms. Amongst many promising measures, the report recommends compulsory domestic violence training for staff such as police, doctors and educators, more coordinated responses to housing shortages for women escaping violence, and specialist domestic violence courts and magistrates. The report emphasises a “whole of community” and “whole of government” response, calling for collaboration between services and government, specifically through the establishment of 17 family violence Support and Safety hubs. Follow this link for a brief summary of the report. The full report can be found here.

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