Holding perpetrators of family violence to account will be a key focus of Australia’s first royal commission into the issue, the Victorian Government says. The Government unveiled the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, with a focus on government policy. The inquiry, to be led by Justice Marcia Neave, will begin its work in February and run for 12 months. It has been tasked with examining the best ways to prevent family violence and hold the perpetrators to account. The inquiry will also look at ways to improve early intervention and provide better support to victims.


There will be a focus on how government policies operate and what policy changes can be made.

Key focus of royal commission:

•Preventing family violence

•Improving early intervention to identify and protect those at risk

•Better support for victims

•Making perpetrators accountable

•Improving the way government and society work together


Premier Daniel Andrews said the Government was committed to implementing all of the commission’s recommendations. “There may be legislative issues we need to deal with, there will certainly be budget issues we need to deal with,” he said. “This should take no longer than 12 months from when it starts.” The royal commission will hear from victims who will most likely be able to make submissions in several ways, including in writing. Mr Andrews said the prospect of facing a royal commission may be too confronting for some victims. “There are many people who have a story to tell, many people who have a contribution to make who do not want to appear in a court,” he said.


“They do not, ever again, want to go through what has been a most unsatisfactory and often a very dangerous process for them.”  Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack said there were many victims who would want to share their stories. “I think it’s been a long time coming,” she said. “I don’t think that we can continue business as usual because the family violence deaths, the murders of women and children just keep coming.” She said she was confident the royal commission would lead to systemic change. “This is an opportunity to have recommendations for a system that is really going to up the ante,” she said.

“It would mean that we’ll have a much more sophisticated response, to intervene earlier, and have a broader range of organisations and people involved, particularly in intercepting men who chose to use violence.” The inquiry is expected to cost around $50 million. Mr Andrews said the cost of the commission was a drop in the ocean compared to the spiralling economic impact of family violence. “This is accounting for billions of dollars in direct costs and lost productivity lost opportunities,” he said. “We know it is claiming too many lives and compromising too many lives right across our state. “We know that Family Violence is the leading cause of death and disability of Australian women under the age of 45.”

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports

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National Christian Heritage Sunday celebrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia’s shores. Australia’s first minister was the Reverend Richard Johnson. He arrived with the first fleet. On 3rd February 1788 Rev.

Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. National Christian Heritage Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2015 will be Sunday 1st February. To find out more information and resources about National Christian Heritage Sunday and ways to celebrate our Christian heritage please visit                                                                        

To further understand our Christian heritage please visit the Christian History Research website ( which contains a large collection of information and resources to help you understand more about Australia’s Christian heritage. Resources can be used online and many can be downloaded for educational use and personal research. Included on the site you will find interactive applications, books, documents, maps, videos, audio and more. For those living in Sydney a service to celebrate Australia’s First Christian Church Service will be held at 1.00pm – 2:30pm (Cnr Bligh and Hunter Streets Sydney) on Tuesday 3rd February, 2015. 

Source: National Alliance of Christian Leaders

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Many in Australia and New Zealand will this year be remembering what took place on the shores of Turkey and later France and Belgium 100 years ago. In Youth With A Mission (YWAM) our hearts have been stirred regarding Gallipoli and have felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to gather as Australia and New Zealand on the shores of the Mediterranean near Ephesus, from May 16-21st, 2015. We would like to invite you to join us. The gathering will include prayer and intercession for the region as well as teaching sessions from speakers.  Just as 100 years ago when we joined with England in our ties to the ‘Empire’ and fought a physical enemy, now again the battle is raging in the spiritual realm in this volatile region. 

The Conference is designed to be a key in turning around the enemy’s agenda in this region. Cost is: $US300 – you pay your own air fares to get there. This includes conference, accommodation in share double or twin, food and beverage, tour of Ephesus, with pickup and delivery from Izmir airport. Deadline to register is Friday 30th January, 2015 (two days’ time). Speakers from Australia and New Zealand include YWAM leaders John Dawson and Tom Hallas. Please prayerfully consider if you should be involved.  Check out the website: for more information.  If you have any further questions, please call Peter Brownhill at 08 9328 5321 or email  or fax 08 9325 1324.

Source: Youth With A Mission

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