At the heart of the Victorian Budget 2017/18 is an unprecedented $1.9 billion package to address family violence, a national emergency that costs far too many lives.
In March 2016 Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence delivered a final report and made 227 recommendations to fix a broken system.
In last year’s Budget, we invested $572 million to begin work on the Royal Commission's most urgent recommendations.
This included extra funding for counsellors and prevention programs, as well as an investment in housing and crisis refuges, ensuring victims are not forced to choose between an unsafe home and the streets.
In November 2016, the Government released Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change our 10-year strategy for every Royal Commission recommendation, and for building a future where Victorian families are free from family violence.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provides a further $1.9 billion to deliver on this commitment.
This investment will help us respond to the needs of victim survivors, keep them and their children safe, and hold perpetrators to account.
Spotlight for Family violence
To establish 17 Support and Safety Hubs
For victim assistance
To enhance the response of Victoria's legal system to family violence