Victoria promises Australia-first Family Violence Agency

The Victorian government will create Australia’s first independent family violence agency — combining monitoring, policy advice and research roles — following Wednesday’s release of the report of the state’s historic Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has agreed to implement all 227 recommendations from the 2000-page report, including the creation of a statutory authority to provide consistent, strategic oversight of the government’s approach to family violence.

If created as suggested by the royal commission, the body would combine policy advice and research functions with monitoring of the implementation of the report’s recommendations and Victoria’s Family Violence Action Plan. This would allow it to consider whether prevention activities or service initiatives have met their objectives or should be modified to make them more effective.

It would not be in charge of service provision, however, as this would remain with government.

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