Gippsland Family Violence System Reform
Since 2008, Gippsland Women’s Health has played in integral role in addressing family violence in Gippsland.
Gippsland Women’s Health co-ordinates and supports the integration of family violence services, employing the family violence service systems integration team and resourcing the Gippsland Family Violence Alliance (GFVA).
The team provides leadership for family violence service system integration, convenes and supports regional networks and forums, disseminates key family violence service system information, delivers and supports workforce capability and training and builds and facilitates links between local, regional and state-wide family violence governance structures.
The Gippsland Family Violence Alliance, chaired by the GWH CEO and resourced by the Family Violence Service Systems Integration team, is made up of 33 individual organisations and comprises 74 members. It has been providing strategic support for the Gippsland family violence sector for over 12 years and is focused on identifying and prioritising regional family violence issues, within the state-wide policy framework to achieve successful co-ordination and integration of the family violence service sector.
Principal Strategic Advisor (PSA)
Gippsland Women’s Health is the auspising organisation for the Gippsland family violence PSA. The role of the PSA is to provide a leadership role to the GFVA, identify address service system gaps, build workforce capability and to advocate at both a local and state-wide level for the regional needs of Gippsland.
Family Violence Training
Gippsland Women’s Health, in partnership with the GFVA deliver family violence training to the family violence sector and the community.
For more details about the training options available please contact us.
For more information on the role Gippsland Women’s Health plays in addressing and supporting women and children through family violence; information about either the Alliance or the sub-regional groups; or to find out more about these networks or to join one, please contact us.
Industry Response: Royal Commission into Family Violence
Family violence can cause terrible physical and psychological harm, particularly to women and children. It destroys families and undermines communities. Sometimes children who have directly experienced family violence or have been exposed to it go on to become victims or perpetrators of violence later in life, so that the effect of family violence is passed to the next generation.
Recognition of the harm family violence causes, and of the need to invest in family violence reforms to assure the future wellbeing and prosperity of all Victorians, resulted in the Victorian government establishing a Royal Commission into Family Violence beginning on 22 February 2015.
In announcing the Victorian Government’s intention to establish the Royal Commission, the Premier declared that family violence was ‘the most urgent law and order emergency occurring in our state and the most unspeakable crime unfolding across our nation’. The Premier also acknowledged that ‘more of the same policies will only mean more of the same tragedies’. The Commission was established in the wake of a series of family violence–related deaths in Victoria—most notably the death of 11-year-old Luke Batty, who was killed by his father on 12 February 2014 after years of abusive behaviour directed at Luke’s mother, Ms Rosie Batty.
In 2016, the Royal Commission released its report with 227 recommendations. These recommendations covered all areas of response, including policing, family violence specialist organisations, the health care industry and law reform. To learn more about these recommendations and to find out what changes are being made to keep women and children safe please visit Family Violence Reform website.
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Gippsland Women’s Health is NOT a crisis centre. If you are in a violent situation, know someone who is experiencing violence, or know someone who is using violence, please refer to the key contacts listed here.