Media Release: EACH Welcomes Royal Commission Report into Family Violence

EACH CEO, Peter Ruzyla, on behalf of the employees and Board, welcomed the Royal Commission report into Family Violence which was presented to the Victorian Government on 29 March 2016. EACH firmly believes in the principles of social justice; that freedom from violence is a fundamental human right and was pleased to be able to contribute to this historic report via a submission to the Royal Commission.

“The recommendations within this report provide an extraordinary opportunity for services such as EACH to make a positive impact on the lives of women and children living with family violence. We commend the Andrews Government on their commitment to implementing all 227 recommendations,” said Mr Ruzyla.

The report provides a comprehensive set of reforms and seeks not only to provide downstream interventions, such as support those experiencing family violence and make perpetrators accountable, but also to work upstream to improve early intervention and prevent family violence occurring in the first place.

“EACH has long recognised the benefits to individuals and communities of providing a social model of health, intervening early and providing holistic services to all our clients, including those experiencing family violence. The Royal Commission Report not only confirms this but recognises the investment required in long term innovative and sustainable reforms,” Mr Ruzyla commented.

EACH Senior Management and Board are currently reviewing EACH’s policies, procedures and practices against the recommendations with the goal to not only meet, but where possible exceed, the best practice standards set out in the Royal Commission report.

Mr Ruzyla concluded “EACH looks forward to working together with organisations across the not-for-profit, government and commercial space to deliver better outcomes for women and children living with family violence.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, EACH has a comprehensive range of services that may be able to assist. Contact 1300 00 EACH or visit each.com.au for more information.

For more information or for media opportunities please contact EACH Communications – 03 8720 1100 or at communications@each.com.au.

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