Family Violence | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (19:08): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Gabrielle Williams. This adjournment matter relates to the portfolio responsibility of prevention of family violence. We are committed to implementing every single recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Andrews Labor government has delivered 204 of the 227 recommendations. The remaining 23 recommendations are on track be fully implemented by October 2022.

Some of the key reforms that we have implemented include the implementation of all the primary prevention focused recommendations, with all Victorian government schools and 384 non-government schools now delivering the Respectful Relationships initiative, building cultures of respect and gender equality across school communities. More than 1950 Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools are now participating. We have strengthened the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to better protect those who have experienced family violence in their rental properties—victim-survivors are now able to terminate their tenancies with no liability for the debts of their perpetrators. We are helping young people in need through the establishment of dedicated youth refuges, such as the Kids Under Cover Village 21 in Preston and the Iramoo Youth Refuge in Werribee, providing accommodation and support to young people who are living out of home care and would otherwise be homeless. We are developing and implementing a broad range of new perpetrator interventions with unique responses for different groups who use violence, including the Caring Dads program targeting fathers who use violence, court-based initiatives to address LGBTIQ perpetrators and embedding family violence practitioners within the Children’s Court of Victoria.

The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how the Andrews Labor government is providing increased support to victim-survivors of family violence in the electorate of Western Metropolitan Region as we deliver on the recommendations of the royal commission.