The next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s overhaul of Victoria’s family violence system begins today with the inaugural two-day intensive workshop of the Family Violence Steering Committee.
Victims, Victoria Police and the state’s peak service groups are among the committee members helping guide the Labor Government as it implements the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The committee is part of the Government’s work to build a new system alongside family violence victims and survivors, as well as the people and organisations that support them.
The committee, which is co-chaired by the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson and Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Fiona McCormack, has agreed to apply the principles of co-design to support the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
This week’s workshop will begin work on identifying priority reforms and finalising the Steering Committee’s working arrangements, which will be reviewed after three months.
The agenda will be supported initially with the Andrews Labor Government’s $572 million package in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 that represents the largest investment in responding to victims’ needs and helping to prevent family violence before the harm is done.