Topic: The Victorian Family Violence Royal Commission was designed to help Victoria re-calibrate its response to family violence. The Commission handed down 227 Recommendations, set an ambitious 10-year plan and over 3 years has invested $2.7 billion dollars. Major steps have been taken to respond to recommendations and to work towards changing the system of response to adult and child victims and to perpetrators. Prevention programs are under way. With this level of investment, which has never been seen before, questions arise about the extent to which a difference is being made.
This presentation will explore the changes we would like to see and progress to date. Questions will be asked about the process of change, in this difficult area, and how this can be achieved.
Speaker: Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne. She is co-chair (with Professor Kelsey Hegarty) of theMelbourne ResearchAlliance toEndViolenceAgainst Women and Their Children (MAEVe), and one of the lead investigators on the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence. Current projects include: Fathering Challenges which examines the issues of responsible, reparative, responsive fathering in the context of domestic violence; and the Safe & Together Addressing Complexity (STACY) project which explores the interface between child protection, domestic violence, Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol services. Professor Humphreys is author of several books and more than 100 journal articles. She also worked as a social work practitioner in the mental health, domestic violence, and children, youth and families sector for 16 years before becoming a social work academic.