Probe into home violence
AUSTRALIA’S first royal commission into the “evil” of domestic violence can prove the turning point in preventing death and suffering in the family home, its head says.
Commissioner Marcia Neave opened the hearings yesterday with a minute’s silence to remember those who have died or been subjected to pain and suffering at home.
“We hope this will mark a moment in time when the whole community committed itself to overcoming this social evil,” Ms Neave said.
Ms Neave warned improving government and community responses would not be easy.
“Our goal is to set strategic directions so that future generations will be able to say this commission was a turning point,” she said.
Counsel assisting, Mark Moshinsky QC, said there were 1088 family violence- related homicides nationally from 2003 to 2012.