Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) welcomes the Victorian-Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) report on the audit of the Support and Safety Hubs (The Orange Door) tabled yesterday in Parliament and endorses all nine recommendations made by VAGO. The recommendations reflect advice DV Vic and our members have provided to Family Safety Victoria (FSV) regarding the design of the Support and Safety Hubs and challenges to their implementation.
DV Vic and our members continue to support the Victorian Government in the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. We highly value the ongoing investment that has been made in Victoria, which demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment and leadership – unprecedented on a global scale.
DV Vic and our members strongly support reforms that strengthen the coordinated, collaborative, multiagency response to family violence. The VAGO report provides an opportunity to take stock of reform progress in this area, proactively engage with technical experts in family violence, and act on the advice they are giving. Support to victim-survivors of family violence will be enhanced by improved statewide consistency and an integrated practice framework developed in collaboration with the sector.
Acting CEO of DV Vic Alison Macdonald states, ‘The VAGO audit confirms what our members are telling us. The purpose of the Support and Safety Hubs remains ambiguous, and this has a ripple effect across the Hubs model. Addressing the purpose of the Hubs will significantly strengthen their value and increase the safety and wellbeing of survivors of family violence, including children.’
DV Vic looks forward to working with the Victorian Government to support the implementation of actions to address the report recommendations.
‘DV Vic and our partner peak bodies want to strengthen our partnership with FSV on the design and implementation of the Hubs. We are keen to work together to ensure that the Hubs deliver on the intent of the Royal Commission – to make it easier for people who’s lives are affected by family violence to get help, and to intervene to reduce family violence risk and increase safety,’ states Alison Macdonald.
About Domestic Violence Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) is the peak body for specialist family violence response services for victims-survivors in Victoria. As such, DV Vic is recognised as the statewide voice of Specialist Family Violence Services (SFVSs) responding to victims-survivors. A key function of DV Vic is the provision of family violence subject matter expertise to the SFVS sector, broader sectors, government, and other partners and stakeholders.
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