31 March 2016
Women’s Health West has welcomed the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report. We congratulate Premier Daniel Andrews and his government on their commitment to implement all 227 recommendations outlined in the report, and the opposition’s commitment to bi-partisan action.
Women’s Health West CEO, Dr Robyn Gregory, noted a number of strong recommendations in the report that will assist us to build on and strengthen existing work in providing an integrated response to women and their children who experience family violence. She particularly welcomed increased funding to respond to demand, and recommendations to strengthen our ability to prevent family violence before it occurs.
‘While we had hoped for a greater emphasis on primary prevention in the report, Women’s Health West are clear that the recommendations put forward are extremely positive, with recommendations for a specific action plan and a separate funding stream for primary prevention.’
‘Primary prevention requires different strategies, expertise and action, and this has been recognised by the Commission. We look forward to working with the Minister for Family Violence Prevention, Fiona Richardson, to contribute to building a robust plan that includes the important role that women’s health services play in coordinating regional prevention activities.’
Dr Gregory also commended the commitment to additional funding for specialist family violence services.
‘This acknowledges the significant and consistently increasing demand for crisis and case management services facing agencies right now, as well as the need for us to continue to work towards providing a more responsive service for women and children experiencing family violence.’
Dr Gregory said it was a privilege for Women’s Health West to join the hundreds of individuals and organisations that contributed to Victoria’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.
‘Overall the report demonstrates that the Commission has listened carefully; gathering service expertise, and, importantly, putting the women and children who experience family violence at the centre of their response. The report acknowledges the work that has already been achieved in eliminating family violence but it is setting an ambitious agenda for change where it is most needed.’
‘We look forward to working with the government, our partners, women and children and our communities to implement the recommendations, and create a society where women and children do not live with family violence or the threat of violence.’
Click here for more information on the Royal Commission into Family Violence and to access the final report.
Read the media release from the Women Health Victoria highlighting the essential role of women’s health services in primary prevention.
For more information:
Contact: Christine Crosby, Women’s Health West: email: christine(at)whwest.org.au phone: 9689 9588