Release date: Fri 24 August 2007
Last updated: Fri 19 December 2014
How to report family violence and where to get advice and assistance
Victoria Police regard family violence as extremely serious, often resulting in criminal behaviour. The nature of violence in family relationships is seen as particularly insidious because it is an abuse of trust. There is often a continuing threat to a victim's life, or the lives of their children and extended family members.
When police are responding to calls for assistance in family violence matters they acknowledge that it is complex by nature and undertake to treat all victims with dignity and respect.
Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence
The Family Violence Coordination Unit (FVCU), Crime Department, has a principal role to provide support and advice to all police employees regarding family violence
The police response to and investigation of family violence is governed by the Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence (2014), applicable legislation and the Victoria Police Manual. Police action will be consistent with the Victoria Police Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.
The Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence was launched in 2005 and is regularly reviewed and updated by FVCU. It was most recently updated in March 2014.
The Code of Practice complements and supports Victoria's family violence reform which is focused on an integrated system response to family violence. It details the options available to police to hold the perpetrator accountable and keep the vulnerable person safe, and outlines how those options are implemented to assist in breaking the cycle of family violence. Legislative change is implemented through the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (FVPA).
The Code of Practice requires police to:
The approach outlined in the Code of Practice also aims to:
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