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A system overwhelmed by demand

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was delivered in March 2016. It described a family violence system that was failing to work with victim survivors to keep them safe.

The Royal Commission saw significant gaps and obstacles to effective programs, laws and policies.

  • Our system is overwhelmed by demand and struggling to cope with the increase in reports of family violence. The quality of services are being compromised, which is undermining the safety of victim survivors.
  • Too little effort in preventing family violence and intervening at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • The range of services are not as coordinated as they should be at times of crisis and recovery.
  • Not enough focus on helping victim survivors recover from the effects of family violence.
  • A lack of resources and response to meet the needs of diverse communities, children and young people who experience family violence.
  • Methods for sharing information between agencies about perpetrator risk are inadequate.
  • Efforts to hold perpetrators to account are grossly inadequate. This has left victim survivors with the burden of managing risk.
  • Key staff in universal systems, such as health services and schools, are not equipped or supported enough to recognise if family violence is occurring, or to know what to do when it is identified.
  • The current approach to funding is piecemeal, rigid and short-term. Funding is not  supported by evidence or evaluation. Providers are often caught in red tape, inhibiting their ability to innovate and meet individual needs.

To read the Royal Commission's full report, read: Royal Commission into Family Violence report