Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

  • Harris, B. (Contributor)
  • Amanda George (Contributor)

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries


This paper is authored by Bridget Harris and Amanda George, researchers who produced Landscapes of Violence: Women Surviving Family Violence in Regional and Rural Victoria (2014, hereafter referred to as Landscapes of Violence) for the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ). CRRLJ is housed with Deakin University and seeks to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for regional and rural Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy and provide opportunities to engage meaningfully with communities, services, industry and government. We thank the Royal Commission for the opportunity to respond to the issues paper and to contribute to the inquiry.

The following response is informed by two research projects conducted by CRRLJ. The first (attached to the submission and available online via the CRRLJ website) explored Women’s Experiences of Surviving Family Violence and Accessing the Magistrates’ Court in Geelong, Victoria (completed by Jordan and Phillips: 2013). The second (also attached to this submission and available online via the CRRLJ website), Landscapes of Violence drew from and expanded on the 2013 report, through extending the geographic focus, the range of issues considered and participants consulted. It investigated the experiences of and outcomes for survivors of family violence in regional and rural Victoria, their contact with and perceptions of government agencies (Victoria Police, Victorian magistrates’ courts and the Department of Health and Human Services), community and private advocates (family violence support services, women’s services, community legal centres, Legal Aid and private lawyers) as well as healthcare professionals (General Practitioners and counsellors). Landscapes of Violence was informed by interviews with survivors, support workers, lawyers, magistrates and sessions with and submissions from a range of government and non-government agencies involved with responding to violence (some who have elected to remain anonymous). We are grateful to survivors for sharing their stories and all the advocates, workers and agencies who contributed to this research.
Work forRoyal Commission into Family Violence, Australia, Victoria
Degree of RecognitionNational