The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the release of the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
“Family violence is a society-wide problem that needs a whole-of-community and whole-of-government response,” said Emma King, VCOSS CEO.
“Violence against women by their partners is the biggest contributor to ill health, disability and death in Victorian women aged 15–44. It is also one of the leading causes of homelessness, poverty and disadvantage, and is a factor in more than half of all cases where children are removed from their families in Victoria.”
Emma King said the broad range of issues contained in the terms of reference was a good starting point for the Royal Commission.
“Today Premier Daniel Andrews has said nothing will be off limits. The Royal Commission will look not only at how we respond to family violence, but how we stop violence from occurring and keep women and children safe in the first place.”
“We are also pleased to see a particular focus on people at higher risk of family violence, including Aboriginal women and children and women with disabilities.”
With the Premier also stating that the Royal Commission would hear from survivors of family violence, Emma King highlighted the importance of supporting these people through the process.
“It’s important to hear the voices of people with lived experience of family violence. But survivors who choose to tell their story will need access to support and advice throughout the Royal Commission process.”