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AASW welcomes Royal Commission into Family Violence

Published: 3 August 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) shares the concern of the Victorian Government that the impacts of family violence are significant and a national emergency, and welcomes the commencement this week of the public hearings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

National Vice President of the AASW, Christine Craik, says that family violence is one of the most serious issues facing our society and it must be addressed at a number of levels.

“Family violence is prevalent and preventable. It has detrimental impacts on women, children, men, communities and society at the personal, family, community, societal and economic level,” said Ms Craik.

‘Reducing or eradicating family violence will benefit all of society.”

Ms Craik stressed that change is required at a structural, attitudinal and service-delivery level across Australian society.

“In our submission to the Royal Commission we’ve stated that the AASW would like to see specific changes made to state responses to homelessness, to child protection services and to police and legal reactions,” Ms Craik said.

“Also, at a public policy level, there is a need for leadership in regard to educational, behavioural and attitudinal change.”

She concluded by saying the AASW hopes the Royal Commission leads to meaningful and sustainable change.

The Australian Association of Social Workers represents over 9000 professional social workers who are committed to working with communities and individuals to promote wellbeing, human rights and social justice.

You can read the AASW’s submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence on its website.

The AASW’s position statement on violence against women is also available online.

To arrange an interview with Ms Christine Craik, please contact:

Emma Pegrum
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Phone 02 6199 5011 Mobile 0408 200 191

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