Royal Commission into Family Violence: LGBTI, ATSI, CALD, Disability, Sex Workers

Royal Commission into Family Violence, March 2016

Volume 5 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report & Recommendations has been released and covers the following populations:


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Older people, Culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Faith communities, LGBTI communities, People with disabilities, Male victims, Rural regional and remote communities, Women in prison, Women working in the sex industry.
The Commission concluded that for people in some of these groups, family violence is less visible and less well understood than family violence in other parts of the Australian community.
While there can be similar dynamics to family violence across all communities, people from these diverse communities can also experience family violence differently.
In addition, some people in these diverse communities face barriers to reporting family violence and in finding appropriate help and support. A comprehensive family violence policy must address these barriers.
The following chapters seek to give specific consideration to the different experiences of people within these communities, and explore their distinct needs.
Download report (PDF) here

Why is sexual assault still often missing from the focus on violence against women?

Croakey,  March 23, 2016

Let’s talk about sex(ual assault)….

No? Not interested? Not palatable? With the release of the report and recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, it’s timely to reflect on the many forms of violence that women experience and to ponder why we still don’t feel comfortable talking about sexual assault.

Read more here


Royal Commission into Family Violence releases releases 227 recommendations

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, 30 March 2016.

On Sunday, 22 February 2015, the Governor of Victoria appointed a Chair and two Deputy Commissioners to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

As specified in its terms of reference, the Commission’s task was to identify the most effective ways to:
– prevent family violence
– improve early intervention so as to identify and protect those at risk
– support victims—particularly women and children—and address the impacts of violence on them
– make perpetrators accountable
– develop and refine systemic responses to family violence—including in the legal system and by police, corrections, child protection, legal and family violence support services
– better coordinate community and government responses to family violence
– evaluate and measure the success of strategies, frameworks, policies, programs and services introduced to put a stop family violence.

The Commission was asked to make practical recommendations to achieve these outcomes.

2227 recommendations were made.

Download report and recommendations (PDF) here