Review of Family Violence Laws: Terms of Reference

  1. To consider whether the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987 is based on a coherent philosophy and whether, having regard to national and international experience, its approach to family violence is the best approach available to Victoria.

    2. To identify any procedural, administrative and legislative changes which may be necessary to ensure that the Crimes (Family Violence) Act provides the best available response to the problem of family violence.

    3. To undertake research to monitor the practical effect of such changes.

    4. To develop and/or coordinate the delivery of educational programs which address any lack of knowledge or misconceptions relating to the Crimes (Family Violence) Act and the existing processes under the Act.

    5. To develop and/or coordinate the delivery of educational programs which may ensure the effectiveness of proposed legislative, procedural or administrative reforms.

    6. In conducting this review, the VLRC shall have regard to:

  • The work of the Statewide Steering Committee to Reduce Family Violence.
  • The accessibility of the Act and whether it is working effectively for:

– Immigrant women (particularly recent immigrants);

– Indigenous communities; and

– People with disabilities.

  • The position of children in applications made under the Act and the intersections between the Crimes (Family Violence) Act, the Children and Young Persons Act 1989 and the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
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