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Victorian Budget 21/22

Keeping women and children safe

Keeping women and children safe has been our priority from the very beginning.

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It’s the reason we established the Royal Commission into Family Violence and are implementing every one of its 227 recommendations.

This Budget provides a further $354 million to support victim survivors and address family violence. This investment includes:

  • $97 million to improve information sharing to better protect victim survivors and their families
  • $78 million to expand the network of specialist family violence courts to include Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Geelong, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne, Ringwood and Sunshine
  • $49 million to continue to support victim survivors with 24/7 crisis services, support packages and culturally safe responses for our diverse communities
  • $44 million to support children and young people impacted by family violence and sexual assault
  • $18 million to deliver perpetrator interventions, behavioural change programs and accommodation support for victim survivors
  • $14 million to strengthen the justice system’s response to family violence, including establishing legal services in the Orange Door Network
  • $7.3 million for a new Victims Legal Service to provide critical support during criminal proceedings
  • $2.3 million for youth programs that promote healthy relationships, preventing family violence from happening in the first place
  • $1.3 million to give victim survivors who are leaving violent situations comfort their pets are being cared for

Recognising a growing need, this Budget also supports the Family Violence Graduate Program, helping up to 80 new graduates with training and on-the-job support as they work to become specialists in family violence services.

Together, these investments will also support hundreds of jobs in our growing family violence workforce.

Media release

Putting The Safety Of Victorian Women And Children First

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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