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Victoria’s integrated family violence system: from stalling to renewal 2015-168.1

19 August 2015



Landmark reforms to Victoria’s family violence response system were celebrated for their integrated approach, demonstration of strong and committed leadership, and substantial funding for ongoing programs. By 2014, however, after a skyrocket in reports– including several high profile cases – family violence was back on the agenda. It seemed that, after nine years, marked problems still existed in the system. The significant public interest in the widespread problem had made addressing family violence a top priority of both sides of the political spectrum for the upcoming election. Those closely involved in prevention and response saw this as a unique opportunity to talk about some of the underlying issues, such as the gendered nature of the family violence, that had previously been politically risky subjects. The new Labor Government delivered on their election promise for a Royal Commission into Family Violence which allowed all stakeholders, including the government, to consider where the existing system was still badly in need of improvement.

This case can be used to discuss the strengths and shortfalls of integrated services, and how they might be improved in a political environment dedicated to service reform. Specifically, it can be used to discuss response and prevention of family violence, including the role of government and non-government organisations. This case acts as a sequel to the case 2009.94.1 Victoria Police and family violence, and may be discussed in tandem.

Authors: Sophie Yates
Published Date: 19 August 2015
Author Institution: ANZSOG
Featured Content Length: 3
Content Length: 9
Product Type: One-part case, Primary resources