Women Health West responded to the call for submissions to inform the Final Report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor.
Women’s Health West (WHW) provides specialist family violence services to women and their children across Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. We also undertake advocacy and run programs that promote equity and justice for women and girls, including leading a regional partnership for the primary prevention of violence against women. Receiving over 20,000 referrals every year, many of which are L17s from Victoria Police, we see firsthand how the family violence service system has changed since the Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV).
In summary, the specialist family violence sector continues to require increased funding to meet ongoing and increasing demand, as do other sectors related to effectively delivering family violence services—like public housing, mental health services and services for children and young people affected by family violence. In addition, the sector also requires a resourced exploration of alternative models of support, as well as funding for better coordination of services overall.