Landmark plan heralds generational change: Family violence sector

Calling it “an extraordinary opportunity to turn this around within a generation”, the family violence sector welcomed the State Government’s ten year plan Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change.

Speaking at the plan’s launch this morning, Fiona McCormack Domestic Violence Victoria Chief Executive Officer, commended the Andrews Government.

“This plan marks the Government’s long-term commitment to rolling out the major reforms laid down by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“Following the major investment in family violence reforms for the next two years in the State Budget, this plan is an exciting step towards realising the Royal Commission’s vision to change the lives of women and children living with family violence.

“These reforms are significant not just for Victoria, but for the rest of Australia and indeed internationally. The eyes of the world are on what Victoria does next,” Ms McCormack said.

“Bipartisan support will be critical for the success of these reforms. The Commonwealth must also assume its responsibilities recommended by the Royal Commission.

“As the peak body for specialist family violence sector; we’re pleased that the plan recognises the expertise of family violence services at the heart of the family violence system. But it also says unambiguously that family violence is a whole of community responsibility.

“It’s exciting to think that in ten years, professionals in health, education, and early childhood will be part of the family violence system, helping to recognise the signs and refer people to the support they need.

“The family violence sector will continue to work hard to turn this vision into a reality. But with the real commitment demonstrated in this ten year plan; we are full of optimism about what we can achieve.”

For comment: Fiona McCormack 0409 937 800.