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Type: Report
Title: Royal Commission into Family Violence : summary and recommendations
Authors: Nicholson, Tony
Neave, Marcia
State of Victoria. Royal Commission into Family Violence
State of Victoria
Faulkner, Patricia
Keywords: Judicial processes;Children;Perpetrators;Service provision;Perpetrator programs;Policing;Family violence;Australia;Government
Year: 2016
Publisher: Victorian Government Printer
Citation: No. 132 (2014-16)
Notes:  Summary
Family violence can cause terrible physical and psychological harm, particularly to women and children. It destroys families and undermines communities. Sometimes children who have directly experienced family violence or have been exposed to it go on to become victims or perpetrators of violence later in life, so that the effect of family violence is passed to the next generation.

Recognition of the harm family violence causes, and of the need to invest in family violence reforms to assure the future wellbeing and prosperity of all Victorians, resulted in the establishment of this Royal Commission into Family Violence on 22 February 2015.

In announcing the Victorian Government's intention to establish the Royal Commission, the Premier declared that family violence was 'the most urgent law and order emergency occurring in our state and the most unspeakable crime unfolding across our nation'. The Premier also acknowledged that 'more of the same policies will only mean more of the same tragedies'.

The Commission was established in the wake of a series of family violence–related deaths in Victoria—most notably the death of 11-year-old Luke Batty, who was killed by his father on 12 February 2014 after years of abusive behaviour directed at Luke's mother, Ms Rosie Batty. Since then there have been other family violence–related deaths.

The establishment of the Royal Commission is an acknowledgement of the seriousness with which the Victorian community has come to regard family violence and its consequences for individuals and families—it reflects our growing awareness of its scale, a recognition that existing policy responses have been insufficient to reduce the prevalence and severity of the violence, and the priority the community is prepared to accord it in order to address the problem.
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