Royal Commission into Family Violence
Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and concerns the appalling incidents of family violence that afflict our local community. The action I seek is that the minister visit my electorate to meet with concerned local residents, schools and organisations to discuss the Andrews Labor government’s response to the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Many of these outstanding people took part in our Say No to Family Violence awareness campaign that the minister launched last year. They joined with me in taking a stand against these horrific acts of intimidation and violence that for far too long have often remained hidden and unreported.
In a recent article in the Berwick Leader it was reported that there are now nine reported incidents of family violence each and every day. In the same article Julie Knowles from Windermere Child and Family Services said that the figures:
… are frightening enough, but with Casey’s rapid growth and our experience showing only a percentage of violent incidents ever get reported, I believe the reality is considerably worse …
There is no doubt that there are still far too many women and children who remain too afraid or are unable to speak up to get the help they need. It is why we must do more and must be willing and able to make a stand and say, ‘No more’. That is exactly what the Andrews Labor government is doing. It will not be easy and it will take time, but I know that the minister, our Premier and indeed the whole government are united in this effort.