Kiwis oversee Australian family violence probe

  • 11/10/2015
Malcolm Turnbull used his first major announcement to reveal a $44.89 million-plus domestic violence package to increase and improve support services for women. (AAP)
Malcolm Turnbull used his first major announcement to reveal a $44.89 million-plus domestic violence package to increase and improve support services for women. (AAP)

Australia's first royal commission into family violence will hear from New Zealand policy makers about their experience tackling the social issue when it resumes this week.

Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will resume a limited number of public hearings tomorrow.

The inquiry has already heard several weeks of evidence from senior public servants, social workers, clinicians, and victims, between July and August.

Tomorrow, representatives from New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development and the minister responsible for the portfolio are due to address the commission on how it engages the community.

There has been renewed focus on family violence across Australia after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used his first major announcement to reveal a $44.89 million-plus domestic violence package to increase and improve support services for women.

A report in September also found Luke Batty's 2014 death - which led to Victoria's royal commission - was unforeseeable because one man alone, his mentally ill father Greg Anderson, was responsible for the 11-year-old's murder.

Victorian Coroner Ian Gray found failings and delayed responses in the justice system and health department allowed Anderson to subject his son and wife Rosie Batty to years of abuse and irrational behaviour.

Ms Batty said the inquest into her only child's death showed that people involved in stopping family violence did the best they could with their training and information, but they needed to work together more.

Judge Gray made 29 recommendations calling for agencies dealing with domestic violence to share more information and act in a more integrated way.

The Victorian government has said those recommendations will feed into the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which is due to report early next year.

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