Family violence: Vic former acting police chief to oversee RC recommendations

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Former Victoria Police acting chief commissioner Tim Cartwright has been appointed to oversee the implementation of all recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Mr Cartwright will take on the role of Victoria’s Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor to hold the State Government to account for delivering all 227 recommendations the Royal Commission made.

He said former police chief commissioner Neil Comrie held a similar role after the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

“What I’ll be doing is reporting to the Parliament on the success of the Government in implementing the recommendations of the royal commission, and on the family violence strategy plan,” he said.

He said he would have a number of powers to ensure the recommendations were carried out, including the ability to seek answers and look at documents.

“The greatest power though is the independence of the role of reporting to Parliament,” he said.

“The other big part is understanding how the victims and how the survivors and users of the family violence system perceive how the recommendations are implemented and whether it’s making a difference for them.”

The announcement came as people gathered in Melbourne on Friday for the Walk a Mile in their Shoes campaign, to raise money for anti-violence group White Ribbon Australia.

Both men and women, including retired former Army chief David Morrison, wore heels to walk from Southbank to Federation Square in support.

State Government announces boost to family violence services

The State Government announced on Friday it would allocate $87 million to increasing specialist family violence services.

The amount is part of $572 million the Government committed in the recent budget to tackle family violence.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the money would be spent on areas including case management, sexual assault services, men’s family violence services, and counselling.

She said it was expected to benefit at least 9,000 women and children in the next year, and would more than double the capacity of specialist family violence service providers.

“As we know, family violence is a scourge in our community, it’s the biggest law and order issue facing Victoria and our nation,” she said.

“This means [victims of family violence] will be able to get safety planning.

“They’ll be able to be referred to and supported to safe housing options, access legal support and services as well as funding supports.”

Ms Mikakos said about 2,000 men would also be able to access behaviour change programs.

“We need to stop the cycle of family violence and this means ensuring that men can access men’s behaviour change programs so they can reflect on their behaviour, they can respond to their perpetrating behaviour and change,” she said.

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