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Submission to Royal Commission into Family Violence


In this submission, we shared some of our initiatives aimed at better informing our community about family violence and we touched on research into underlying causes of family violence and experiences of other jurisdictions with lower rates of family violence.

We noted that, in our experience, both the prevalence and severity of family violence have been rising. We also recounted our clients’ stories and experiences to highlight the challenges they faced in navigating inadequate, complex and fragmented systems, which made it difficult for them to feel safe and compounded their distress.

We recommended major reforms to the ‘system’, as well as calling for the underlying causes of family violence to be recognised and addressed. We also emphasised the importance of access to timely, free legal help, and the need for the legal assistance sector to be adequately resourced to meet growing demand.

A copy of the submission is attached, and can also be obtained via the below link.

Also available via the same link, is a visual representation of the family violence system, as experienced by many women and children, created by artist Ricky Howell to support the submission of Peninsula Community Legal Centre to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, 2015.

CLC/Agency Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Project resources PDF Submission_to_Royal_Commission_into_Family_Violence.29May15.pdf
Categories Click to expand[+]
Area of Law
  • Courts
  • Family law and relationships
  • Family or domestic violence
  • Victims
  • Federal government
  • General public
  • State government
  • Commonwealth
  • VIC
Method of Delivery
  • Submission
Project Type
  • Law Reform
Project uploaded to CLEAR 11th June 2015
Contact Person Andrea Staunton
Contact Position Manager, Volunteers & Education
Contact Email
Contact Phone 03 9783 3600
Production/Delivery Date 29/05/2015
Evaluation Not Stated

As this project has exceeded its review date it is recommended that the author/auspicing agency be contacted to confirm the currency of the information provided. 

Review Date 11th June 2016

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