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Monash Expert: Victorian Family Violence Implementation Monitor report

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Mulgrave, Victoria, Dec. 17, 2021 /Medianet/ —

A Monash University expert is available to discuss the report released by the Victorian Family Violence Implementation Monitor this week, which focused on the misidentification of family violence victim-survivors as perpetrators or “predominant aggressors”.

Dr Ellen Reeves, Research Fellow, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

Contact: +61 401 660 307 or ellen.reeves@monash.edu 

Read more of Dr Reeves’ commentary at Monash Lens

  • The report’s findings
  • Why misidentification is continuing to occur at high rates, and why police are ill-equipped to correctly identify the predominant aggressor

The following can be attributed to Dr Reeves:

The Implementation Monitor report highlights that it is not sufficient to tick recommendations off and then move on – we need to be consistently revisiting and evaluating the effectiveness of reforms and identify any further work that needs to be done.

“The report makes some important recommendations for policy and legislative change which will provide greater avenues for the system to detect and respond to misidentification, however, there also needs to be a strong focus on cultural change and the ways in which the legal system views women and their experiences of violence.”

Dr Reeves has written a Monash Lens article exploring the Victorian Family Violence Implementation Monitor report, which is available for republication.

For any other topics on which you may be seeking expert comment, please contact the Monash University Media team on +61 3 9903 4840 or media@monash.edu

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