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Introduction

This report reflects monitoring of the Victorian Government’s implementation of family violence reforms as at 1 November 2020 as well as overall progress since the Royal Commission.

This is the fourth report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor and the final report tabled in parliament as specified in section 23(1) of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016. The report covers reform implementation for the period 1 November 2019 to 1 November 2020.

As the final report under the current monitoring arrangements, the report also looks back over the nearly five years since the Royal Commission into Family Violence to highlight the major achievements in implementing the reform to date, as well as the areas that require more effort and should be the focus of future monitoring.

In taking a systemic view, the report considers the overall progress of implementation against the 11 ‘system limitations’ described in the Royal Commission’s report to assess the extent to which these constraints have been addressed nearly five years into the 10-year reform program. 

With this broader focus, a different monitoring approach was adopted than in previous years. In addition to deep dives into specific topics, the Monitor called for submissions from the sector and other stakeholders on the questions of ‘What has changed since the Royal Commission?’ and ‘What remains to be done?’. An implementation science model was also applied to three areas of the reform to assess the implementation approaches against the evidence base on effective implementation to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. A full description of the monitoring approach is provided in Appendix 1. 

Given the significant disruption of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to government and the service sector, this report specifically examines the government’s COVID-19 response in the family violence context. 

Reviewed 05 May 2021

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