MacKillop Family Services welcomes Royal Commission's landmark report on family violence

Posted on 1 Apr 2016

MacKillop Family Services has welcomed the report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and commended the Labor government for its commitment to implement all 227 recommendations in the report.

Acting CEO Graham Boal said he was particularly pleased the Commission had recognised the adverse impact of exposure to trauma on children and the need to prioritise early and effective responses to those experiencing family violence.

“For too long, children have been the forgotten victims of family violence,” he said. “Our staff witness the long-term impact of exposure to violence in the home every single day, and it is particularly pleasing to see the report’s comprehensive approach to addressing this, with recommendations from very early intervention strategies such as statewide respectful relationships training, through to tertiary supports such as counselling for children impacted by violence.”

Mr Boal also welcomed the report’s recognition of the value of investment in family support services, noting that MacKillop had seen very positive outcomes from its early intervention work with at-risk families and that prevention strategies must always be at the forefront of any approach to tackling family violence.

While he said the report provided much cause for optimism, Mr Boal cautioned that the implementation of the recommendations presents considerable challenges, not least of which is the significant investment required to generate meaningful change.


“The next significant milestone is the upcoming State budget in April. We expect this will provide more clarity about what the government sees as the immediate priorities,” he said.

“We expect to see significant new investment directed towards implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create transformational change on an issue that is imposing an enormous social and economic cost on the Victorian community.”


“Change of this magnitude can only be delivered through a deep and genuine collaborative effort, commencing with bipartisan support at a political level and drawing on the support of everyone in the community.”

“From MacKillop’s perspective, we are looking forward to working together with the Victorian Government and other community organisations to implement the recommendations and deliver a better future for all of the children and families who are affected by family violence.”



For further information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Audrey Schueren, Media Coordinator, MacKillop Family Services, 03 9257 2222