Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Strategy
Release date: Fri 8 December 2017
Last updated: Fri 15 December 2017
Victoria Police has launched its five year vision and strategic plan to address family violence, sexual offences and child abuse.
Policing Harm, Upholding the Right: Victoria Police strategy for Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse 2018-2023 marks the next stage of Victoria Police's reform agenda, building on previous work to combat violence against women and children, who are the predominant victims of these crimes.
The strategy takes an integrated approach to responding to family violence, sexual offences and child abuse, in recognition of the links between these crime themes and the cumulative harm their co-occurrence causes.
Our vision is that 'Victoria Police plays an integral role in reducing, and ultimately preventing the harm caused by perpetrators of family violence, sexual offences and child abuse, by holding perpetrators to account and improving the safety and wellbeing of all victims'.
Policing Harm, Upholding the Right sets out four strategic priorities for reform to achieve this:
Policing Harm, Upholding the Right unveils a range of initiatives and commitments, including that from 2018 the existing Family Violence Units across the state will transition to Family Violence Investigation Units (FVIUs) with dedicated detectives and intelligence practitioners embedded into the teams.
Victoria Police has also committed to enhancing its child safety and wellbeing focus in initial police responses and investigations, especially in the context of family violence. A range of initiatives have been identified to help achieve this:
Other commitments outlined in Policing Harm, Upholding the Right include:
In line with the VEOHRC Independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police, the organisation will also improve responses and practice to respond effectively to perpetrators and victims of family violence, sexual offences and/or child abuse who are Victoria Police employees.
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