Australia: Royal Commission Says Victoria Must Improve its Response to Domestic Violence

The Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria, Australia has released a comprehensive report listing 227 recommendations to improve Victoria’s response to domestic violence. The Commission’s recommendations, issued after thirteen months of hearings and research, include the establishment of specialized Family Violence courts, improved information sharing and accountability among all parties involved in responding to domestic violence, and more emphasis on helping victims, including with housing and adequate protection from violent perpetrators. The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has committed to implementing all 227 of the Commission’s recommendations to “overhaul our broken support system from the bottom up.” He added, “[V]iolence against women will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be held to account.”

Compiled fromDavey, Melissa, Overhaul ‘broken system’ of dealing with domestic violence says royal commissionThe Guardian (March 29, 2016); Anderson, Stephanie, Domestic Violence: Daniel Andrews vows to overhaul ‘broken’ support system after commission report, Australian Broadcast Corporation (March 30, 2016).