Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Statement on Royal Commission into Family Violence report

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes today's release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the report recognises the good work that has been done to date, including decades of grassroots work and advocacy of the women's movement. It also highlights the importance of strengthening the current system and provides practical measures to achieve this.

"Family violence comes in many forms, but is most often experienced by women and children and perpetrated by men. This ground breaking report reinforces that we must put victims first," Ms Jenkins said.

At the same time, the report has a clear focus on the differing needs of our diverse communities who are affected by family violence and often face additional barriers to accessing services and addressing discrimination, including the LGBTI community, older people, younger people, people with disabilities and people from multicultural and multifaith communities, and Aboriginal people.

The Commission also welcomes the strong focus in improving responses to family violence where it is reported, as well as increased focus on services that can intervene earlier, such as health services and education.

"This report brings new ways of thinking, along with practical suggestions on how to improve existing approaches. The Commission looks forward to playing its part to ensure change occurs," Ms Jenkins said.

"We will continue to work with the expertise of OurWatch and VicHealth to ensure that evidence informed approaches to preventing violence against women inform Victoria's approach.

The Commission looks forward to being part of the Government's consultative arrangements as it develops a robust, evidence based approach to primary prevention," Ms Jenkins said.