cohealth’s submission to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence investigates the impact of family violence on the health and wellbeing of the community. All experiences of family violence have detrimental impacts on health. There is an important role for health services in recognising and responding to women and others who experience violence. This is in addition to the role of the legal system in responding to criminal offences. Conceptualising family violence as a health issue provides a useful framework for thinking about prevention, early intervention, system navigation and service coordination.