Family violence is above politics

Yesterday morning, DV Vic, No To Violence, GENVIC, CASA Forum and VCOSS stood together on the steps of Parliament House to call on all political parties to unite against family violence.

In the wake of nine Australian women being killed by current or former partners over the last few weeks, it’s critical that this devastating issue is given the attention it deserves.

Family violence is our state’s biggest law and order, social, health and human rights issue and will only end when all sides of politics work together to fix it.

‘Unite Against Family Violence’ Key Ask:

The alliance is asking for all political parties to  commit to the full funding and implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations, which provided us with an unprecedented blueprint of how to build a system to keep women and children safe.

DV Vic CEO Fiona McCormack said the alliance have sent letters to Premier Daniel Andrews, leader of the Victorian Liberal party Matthew Guy and leader of the Victorian Greens Samantha Ratnam asking for their formal commitment by the 24 October.

The alliance will be holding an election forum on 24 October where the political leaders’ responses will be publicly announced.

Samantha Ratnam has already responded, fully committing to seeing through the funding and implementation of Victoria’s family violence reform.

DV Vic CEO Fiona McCormack said:

Given the unprecedented effort into family violence over the past four years, the community may believe the work is done and dusted.

The reality is we have a 10-year reform ahead of us, we need to ensure that we don’t take backward step. We have the solutions, we just need to ensure that every political party commits to the full funding and implementation of every Royal Commission recommendation.

We need politicians to come and stand with survivors, with those working at the forefront of this issue, we need to unite on family violence.

Family violence survivor supports calls for unity

Liana Papoutsis, a member of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council and family violence survivor told politicians that they cannot afford to let us down. She said:

It is pertinent to remember that family violence is an issue that is above politics. It is a social issue which affects people from all walks of life regardless of their political persuasion which is why we need a united front by all in order to continue the immense body of work which is underway.

Family violence is no doubt at times complex and overwhelming and is already fraught with so many other competing priorities for those in government. We do not underestimate that however, we cannot ignore the very reality of the suffering and horror which family violence causes.

We owe it to survivors of family violence to ask for all political parties to commit in writing to the long-term funding and implementation of the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence

Let’s all unite against family violence. We know what to do, we know what we need to do, together we can do it. Let’s end family violence. Please join us in unity.   


VCOSS CEO Emma King, NTV CEO Jacqui Watt, DV Vic CEO, GENVIC Convenor Kristine Olaris, Liana Papoutsis and Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault CEO Kate Wright. Photo credit: Ryan Sheales, VCOSS.


For more information about the Unite Against Family Violence campaign see our campaign web page or contact DV Vic media team: or 0433 760 425.