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Neither seen nor heard

Neither seen nor heard was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 7 December 2016. It details systemic failures in child death cases where children had experienced family violence. The inquiry found that services commonly overlooked risks and underestimated the impact of family violence on children. Child victims were not engaged and given the support they needed to address their trauma. 

The report makes 13 recommendations to ensure that vulnerable children are at the centre of Victoria’s family violence response. These recommendations require:

  • a dedicated focus on children’s unique needs in responding to family violence 
  • culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal children and families 
  • improved processes to identify and support children with multiple reports to Child Protection
  • better practices to prevent, identify and respond to child sexual abuse.

Media release

Addressing children’s needs crucial to family violence reforms – media release (pdf, 139kb)


Neither seen nor heard - Inquiry into issues of family violence in child deaths – full report (pdf, 512kb)