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Peter Walsh MP:
Five years since family violence Royal Commission handed down

Royal commission’s report towards family violence.

By news@gippsland - 31st March 2021 - Back to News

Five years ago this week, we were handed a transformational opportunity to save lives and change the future of Indigenous women and children living in the distressing shadow of family violence in their own home.

Royal Commission's presentation of report into Family Violence

Royal Commission's presentation of report into Family Violence

But not enough has been done to prevent the scourge that remains endemic throughout our communities in the years since the Royal Commission into Family Violence final report was handed down. Rates of family violence against Indigenous women still continue to increase every year.

Slow action on violence

More than two-thirds of Indigenous women who were victims of violence report a family member or intimate partner as the perpetrator. Sadly, we know this is just the tip of the iceberg as many cases still go unreported to police. Progress to implement the Royal Commission’s findings relating to Indigenous Victorians has been slow, with five of the nine recommendations still not in place five years on.

Advocates, including Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Nerita Waight, have condemned the delay on these "easily achievable targets … if the Victorian government had the will to implement these recommendations, it can do so".

Violence must be stopped

Victoria’s also made little to no progress towards meeting national targets under the Closing the Gap agreement to bring down family violence rates for Aboriginal Victorians. Every Victorian deserves to feel safe in their own home. It is time for the talk and endless delays to stop. The violence must end and lives must be saved.

Pictures from Parliament of Victoria Facebook page.


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