This Report Summary provides an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations in the Final Report in the Inquiry into family violence and Commonwealth laws by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The full Report sets out in detail the issues raised by the Terms of Reference, and the research and evidence base upon which the ALRC’s recommendations were formulated.

This Summary begins with a brief account of the background for the Inquiry, including the law reform brief and the development of the reform response and a description of the principles underpinning the recommendations put forward in the Report. This is followed by a consideration of each of the discrete parts and the key recommendations in each area under review, concluding with a succinct summary of the net effect of the recommendations in the Report.