envelope-budgetThis week, the Royal Commission into Family Violence released an issues paper to assist individuals and organisations in lodging written submissions. The issues paper includes themes and questions to aid writers in providing the most valuable information about what works and what doesn’t work in the current family violence system. The Royal Commission has been tasked with investigating the problem of family violence from every perspective. This issue makes up 40 per cent of all police work and is the leading contributor to death and disability in women under 45. One in every three women on your train, tram or bus or at your local supermarket, is a victim of family violence. The system is broken and we must do more to keep women and children safe. Royal Commissions shine a spotlight on critical issues in a way no other kind of inquiry can. I urge stakeholders, organisations and victims to make their voices heard. Submissions can be made anonymously and confidentially or can be made publicly. Submissions close on May 29. For more information on how to make a written submission and for a copy of the issues paper, visit www.rcfv.com.au
Fiona Richardson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women