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Call for Submissions: Legislative review of family violence information sharing and risk management

To inform her legislative review of Parts 5A and 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor called for submissions from the family violence sector and other stakeholders.

The call for submissions ran from 21 June 2022 to 12 September 2022 through Engage VictoriaExternal Link and sought the views of organisations, individual practitioners and advocates on the extent to which the legal provisions have been effective in:

  • facilitating information sharing, and enabling certain organisations to obtain consolidated and up-to-date information from the Central Information Point, for the purposes of establishing, assessing and managing risks of family violence
  • promoting service coordination to maximise the safety of people who have experienced family violence, prevent and reduce family violence to the extent possible, and promote the accountability of perpetrators of family violence for their actions
  • providing a framework for achieving consistency in family violence risk identification, assessment and management.

The call for submissions also sought views on whether there have been any adverse effects associated with the provisions in Part 5A or Part 11 and whether any changes are required to improve the Act’s operation.

The Monitor is extremely grateful for the strong and diverse response and thanks those who shared their insights and experiences.

The analysis of submissions will contribute to the Monitor’s examination of the effectiveness of the legal provisions . A report identifying any areas of the legislation requiring further attention will be provided to the Victorian Government in May 2023 and tabled by August 2023.

Submissions received

In total, 45 submissions were received, consisting of:

  • 5 submissions from individuals
  • 40 submissions from organisations

The sectors represented by individuals/organisations who made submissions is illustrated in the graphs below.

Figure 1: Breakdown of submissions by sector type

Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor - Call for Submissions - 2022
Figure 1: Breakdown of submissions by sector type
Table showing the breakdown of the number of submissions by type
Type of Service Number
Advocate 1
Community service 5
Education service 4
Full legal service and specialist family violence service 1
Health/community health service 5
Legal/mediation service 2
Peak body 8
Professional representative body 2
Psychology/counselling service 1
Specialist family violence service 12
Statutory authority 1
Other 3

Download Figure 1: Breakdown of submissions by sector type

Figure 2: Breakdown of Victorian areas serviced by submitters

Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor - Call for Submissions 2022
Figure 2: Breakdown of Victorian areas serviced by submitters
Victorian area Percentage
Statewide 58%
Metropolitan 29%
Regional 13%

Download Figure 2: Breakdown of Victorian areas serviced by submitters

Date:
May 2022

Reviewed 21 October 2022