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Victoria launches Royal Commission into Family Violence

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Fulfilling an election promise, the Victorian Premier has announced the launch of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Anticipated to cost approximately $50 million and run for some 12 months, the inquiry will commence its work in February.

The proposed Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission are to find the most effective ways to:

  • Prevent family violence
  • Improve early intervention to identify and protect those at risk
  • Support victims
  • Make perpetrators accountable
  • Improve the way that Government and society work together

Family violence incidents reported to Victoria Police increased by 83% between 2009/10 and 2013/14.

For more information, please contact our Family Law team by email family@mst.com.au or by telephone +61 8540 0200.