On the Royal Commission into Family Violence, we agree with the YACVic that the youth services sector needs more support to address family violence.
We agree with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria that the role of the youth services sector in addressing family violence needs further support and that stronger therapeutic, educational and diversion interventions for young people are required.
Yesterday Australian domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty (pictured right with Doxa Programs Manager), Premier Daniel Andrews and Fiona Richardson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, released a landmark report by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The Royal Commission into Family Violence have made 227 recommendations in their report to improve the system including:
Counselling: Give priority to funding therapeutic interventions and counselling for children and young people who are victims of family violence.
Youth Homelessness: Support and fund youth homelessness and other youth service providers in developing and implementing a broader range of supported accommodation options for young people experiencing family violence.
Refugee & Crisis Accomodation: Ensure that all refuge and crisis accommodation services catering to families have adequate resources to meet the needs of children, including access to expert advice and secondary consultations.
Working with Indigenous communities: Continue to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to develop a state-wide strategic response to improving the lives of vulnerable Aboriginal children and young people.
Respectful relationships education: Mandate the introduction of respectful relationships education into every government school in Victoria from prep to year 12. It should be delivered through a whole-of-school approach and be consistent with best practice, building on the evidence of the model being tested by the Department of Education and Training through Our Watch.
Youth diversion scheme: Subject to successful evaluation of the Youth Diversion Program Pilot, establish a statutory youth diversion scheme.