Review of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme

Review of Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (RCFV Recommendation 5)
Investigators:
Professor Jude McCulloch, Professor JaneMaree Maher, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Associate Professor Marie Segrave, Dr Kathryn Benier, Dr Kate Burns, Dr Jasmine McGowan and Dr Naomi Pfitzner
Project contact: Dr Jasmine McGowan

It is well established that appropriate and timely sharing of information is critical in assessing, responding to and managing the risks of family violence. In Victoria, the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) and the Coronial Inquest into the killing of eleven- year-old Luke Batty by his father recommended the introduction of a family violence information sharing scheme. The Victorian Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme commenced in early 2018. The Scheme aims to better protect victim/survivors and enhance perpetrator accountability by facilitating, regularising and increasing the sharing of information about family violence risk. An independent Review of the Scheme was legislatively mandated to ensure that it meets its aims and avoids any adverse consequences. Over the previous three years the Centre has been engaged in reviewing the Scheme. During this time, more than a thousand practitioners, managers, experts and women who have experienced family violence have participated in the Review.

Sincere thanks to all those who shared their insights and experienced by participating in focus groups, interviews and responding to surveys.

The Review report is due to be tabled in Parliament later this year.

Stages of the Review

The Gender and Family Violence team of researchers at Monash University have been contracted by Family Safety Victoria (FSV) to conduct the Review. There are a number of phases to the Review. Read more about this project and the first stages of the Review here.