New Family Safety Victoria Chief Executive

Eleri Butler has been appointed as the new chief executive of Family Safety Victoria following a worldwide search.

Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams announced Ms Butler’s appointment. She will make the move to Australia from Wales in 2020, where she is currently chief executive of Welsh Women’s Aid.

Established in 2017, Family Safety Victoria is the state’s first ever dedicated agency focused on protecting women and children from family violence.

Ms Butler will work alongside stakeholders and victim survivors to build on Victoria’s world-leading achievements when it comes to preventing family violence and keeping women and children safe, including:

  • The establishment of the first five Orange Door locations, which have seen more than 69,000 people receive the support they need
  • New information-sharing laws and a central information point so that key agencies can better share information to protect survivors and monitor perpetrators
  • Better support for family violence survivors, including additional case management, flexible support packages and improved family violence refuges.

Ms Williams thanked Acting CEO Annette Lancy and Family Safety Victoria’s inaugural CEO, Sue Clifford APM, for their exceptional leadership and dedication.

The Victorian Government established Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Family Violence, and has invested $2.9 billion implementing each and every one of its 227 recommendations.

Ms Butler will begin her role in late March 2020.

Source: Vic Government