Investigates historic and new allegations that have emanated from the Victorian Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse involving Religious and Non-Government Organisations
The department has a role across government and in the community to sustain and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.
All families need support to meet their own and their children’s needs. Some families need a family support service when they are experiencing difficulties that make them more vulnerable, and impact on their parenting and family life.
Meeting the needs of children and making sure they are safe in the family is a shared responsibility between individuals, the family, the community and the government.
The department is coordinating the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust report, which came from the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations. The department is also coordinating the Victorian response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is part of the department’s commitment to helping reduce family violence and child abuse in our community.
Focus on increasing community confidence in how the justice system deals with crime, the division is involved in policy and legislative development, law reform, innovative projects and service delivery
Drives the government's action plan to address violence against women and children, and youth justice
Provide grants to support community organisations and local government to reduce violence against women and their children
Preventing, investigating and solving crime
- Emergencies call 000 (triple zero) (External link)
- Find your local police station (External link)
- Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 (External link)
- Victims of Crime Helpline 8am-11pm 1800 819 817 (External link)
- Child and family services information, referral and support teams (External link)
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Help and support including 24 hours crisis care and assistance is available for those who experienced family violence
Implementation of the Betrayal of Trust report and recommendations into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations
Commonwealth Royal Commission to inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse
Grants supporting local communities to reduce violence against women and their children
Aims to give a public voice to our shared rejection of violence in any form – and violence against women in particular
Provides health and medical information that is reliable, easy to understand and locally relevant
Research journal of the Australian Institute of Family Studies containing the latest research and contributions from social scientists, social policy analysts and agencies