Nardella welcomes Royal Commission start into family violence

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson presentation of the letters patent to formally establish Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence to the Governor of Victoria.

The Governor, His Excellency, the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, signed the letters patent appointing the Hon Justice Marcia Neave AO as Commissioner and Chairperson and Patricia Faulkner AO and Tony Nicholson as Deputy Commissioners.

The Royal Commission has been tasked with providing recommendations that will influence generational change to prevent and respond to family violence. Addressing family violence is a key priority for the Labor Government. We are getting on with the job.

Mr Nardella said:

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $40 million for the Royal Commission. Of this, $36 million will go towards the operation of the Royal Commission and $4 million will be provided as an initial investment for support services that experience an increase in demand during the Royal Commission.

Family violence is the most pervasive and common form of violence against women in Victoria. It is the leading cause of death and disability in women under 45.

In 2013, there were 44 family-violence related deaths across the state and more than 65,000 family incidents reported to police – a third of all police work.

The Terms of Reference require the Commissioners 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
  • Better coordinate responses and shape appropriate attitudes towards women and children.

Premier Daniel Andrews said:

The biggest law and order issue in our state is unfolding in our homes.

We need a system that protects the vulnerable, punishes the guilty and saves lives.

The Royal Commission will give us the answers we need and nothing will be off limits.

The Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, said: 

Victoria has made history today with the establishment of the first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

We know the causes of family violence. What we need now are the solutions.

The time to address this emergency is now.

If you or someone you care about is living with an abusive partner or family member call Safe Steps (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria) for confidential support and information on 1800 015 188.