CASEY MUST JOIN THE FIGHT TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government has taken the very first steps in tackling family violence, the most dangerous and prevalent form of violence perpetrated against women.

On Monday Premier Daniel Andrews announced the proposed Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The proposed Terms of Reference will see the commission identify the most effective ways to:

· Prevent family violence
· Improve early intervention to identify and protect those at risk
· Support victims
· Make perpetrators accountable
· Improve the way that Government and society work together

The City of Casey has the highest number of reported family violence incidents in Victoria and continues to see significant growth in those reported each year.

The latest figures show that in 2013 there were 1280 reported incidents of family violence in Casey alone, an increase of 9.96% over the previous year.

Ms Graley welcomed the start of Australia’s very first Royal Commission into family violence and called on the local community to get involved.

“As a community we must work together, we must be honest and open about this horrific problem and we must find a better way to prevent these terrible acts from ever occurring,”

“Our local police stations, welfare providers and community organisations are overwhelmed with families who are suffering and need our help,”

“We need to find a way, we need to build a system that will protect the vulnerable, punish those who commit acts of violence and help those in need,”

“I urge everyone to get involved, to speak up about the impact family violence has had on their lives and work with us to prevent it from happening again.”