So far there have been more than 850 registrations made for over 35 community consultations held across Victoria. The Commission also met with women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and women in custody.
Some of the key themes raised include:
- how to break the cycle of intergenerational family violence
- the importance of culturally appropriate responses and services in Aboriginal communities
- the way in which family violence is dealt with by different jurisdictions e.g. the Federal Circuit Court and different Magistrate’s Court locations
- the increase in family violence at times of natural disaster
- access to and flexibility of services in regional and remote areas.
The Commission encourages those who have been affected by family violence, and those who work with them, to send in a written submission by Friday 29 May 2015.
Written submissions help to improve the Royal Commission's understanding of gaps and problems in the response of our system, and our society, to family violence, as well as identify existing good practice and potential solutions.
Submissions can be made online, by email or by post.