Series VPRS 12778
Family Violence Prevention Committee General Correspondence Files
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Date Range: Series 1987 - 1993
  Series in Custody 1987 - 1993
  Contents 1987 - 1993
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
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1987 - 1992 Attorney-General's Department (previously known as the Law Department) VA 2825
1992 - 1993 Department of Justice VA 3085
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1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    As there are no control records for this series researchers should consult the Records Description List to ascertain files of interest.

  • Function / Content
    The Family Violence Prevention Committee was convened by the Attorney-General's Department (VA 2825) in mid 1987 to monitor the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987 and to oversee government initiatives to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of family violence in the community. The Committee was part of the Policy and Research Division of the department.

    Task forces were established by the Committee to develop and implement initiatives aimed at professional education and training, and housing initiatives for victims of family violence.

    In 1993, following a change of government, a consolidation took place regarding family violence and the Family Violence Prevention Committee was merged with the Community Council Against Violence to form the Victorian Community Council Against Violence (VA 4275).

    The files within this series contain material pertaining to research papers, presentation material, reports to the Attorney-General, on social welfare issues, Equal Opportunity and proposed changes to various Acts such as the Magistrates' Court Act.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The files in this series were "officially" created after the Committee ceased. The files appear to have been created in 1994, using Department of Justice Registry 1 file covers. Most of the files (researchers should note that a small portion of the files have no form of registration number) have been numbered according to a multiple number sequence (eg. 94/1/0008/1), although this numbering sequence has not been registered in the Department of Justice's registry system RCMS (Records and Correspondence Management System). A check of the RCMS system revealed that the file numbers relate to other files that were created as part of RCMS. This would explain the lack of any control records for this series and it would be unlikely that any official control record ever existed.

    It is therefore logical to assume that the contents of each file were originally stored in a loose leaf format, probably within a manilla folder, and were only put in departmental file covers when the records were transferred to secondary storage.

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