Victims ‘at the heart of reforms’

FAMILY violence victims in Gippsland will be at the heart of the state government’s implementation of every one of the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing welcomed the report and vowed to be a strong advocate for victims and survivors as the recommendations were implemented.

Ms Shing said the state government would implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission and put victims and survivors at the heart of the system wide reforms.

“The Royal Commission’s report and the 227 recommendations draw a crucial line in the sand on Australia’s most pressing law and order issue,” she said.

“We need lasting inter-generational reform that will give victims and survivors the help they need, and that will improve the culture that exists around reporting and disclosure of family violence.”

The report was tabled on Wednesday in parliament and released to the public.

The government will work with victims and survivors from communities all over Victoria, and with the people who help them, to build a better system which will help prevent family violence, keep people safe and hold perpetrators accountable.

This includes the Victim-Survivors Advisory Council, chaired by Rosie Batty, to ensure the government makes the reforms that victims have been asking for.

The Royal Commission’s report is available and accessible through www.rcfv.com.au

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au

In an emergency, phone 000.