Not the right way to address issue: minister

Mary Wooldridge

Mary Wooldridge

A ROYAL Commission into family violence will do nothing to address the issue for several years, says Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge.

Ms Wooldridge attacked the opposition’s stance on family violence after Daniel Andrews announced his party’s new policy on Saturday.

“For the last three and a half years, we’ve had nothing constructive on family violence from the Labor Party and today’s announcement continues that approach,” she said.  

For the last three and a half years, we’ve had nothing constructive on family violence from the Labor Party - Mary Wooldridge

“What we’ve seen is a commitment to spend potentially tens of millions of dollars on high paid lawyers to conduct a lawyer-led investigation to tell us answers to questions we already know.

“This is a commitment by Daniel Andrews to do nothing and have no solutions for two to three years on family violence.”

When asked if the issue was getting worse, Ms Wooldridge said more people were reporting incidents to police.

“I think it is very constructive that more women are prepared to report family violence to the police,” she said.

“And that’s been the work over many years to encourage women and give them the confidence to report when violence is occurring.

“We encourage that and want that to continue.” 

Ms Wooldridge said there was "heightened awareness" of family violence and said there were things that could be done to address it. 

She added there was more the government could do. 

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