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Royal Commission Report Into Family Violence Release

Posted by Jacquie O'Brien | 01/04/16

Tweddle Child & Family Health Service (Tweddle) has welcomed the Royal Commission’s report into Family Violence (Victoria), handed down earlier this week.


Tweddle, along with hundreds of organisations and individuals, made a submission to the Commission.


The Chief Executive Officer of Tweddle, Ms Jacquie O’Brien acknowledged the enormous depth to the report which followed a 13-month inquiry. 


She said, ‘We wholeheartedly acknowledge the words of the commission.’

”Family violence can cause terrible physical and psychological harm, particularly to women and children. It destroys families and undermines communities.”

…Current policy does not pay sufficient attention to the effects of violence on children. Supporting children and young people must be central to family violence policies.”

‘We particularly welcome the report’s view that gives clear direction to the priority of children in addressing family violence.’

‘…in implementing the Commission’s recommendations, services should place children at the centre of responses to family violence so that their safety and wellbeing are paramount’.

In providing its report the commission provides recommendations on how to effectively:

  • prevent family violence
  • improve early intervention
  • support victims
  • make perpetrators accountable
  • better coordinate community and government responses
  • evaluate and measure strategies, frameworks, policies, programs and services

Ms O’Brien applauds the Andrews government in their commitment to implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report which included:

  • The establishment of 17 support hubs throughout Victoria, providing victims with easier access to services
  • Increased capacity of integrated family support services to respond to existing demand
  • Increased support for police to address family violence
  • A focus on perpetrator accountability and rehabilitation
  • A focus on repairing family relationships after family violence

We look forward to seeing the implementation of the recommendations which will benefit babies, toddlers, families and community.

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