The prevalence of violence towards women, across our nation, is unacceptable.
The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Addressing gender inequality is critical as it is one of the main drivers of violence against women, with 85% of family violence victims being women.
In the Victorian Budget 2017/18, we announced $12 million to establish Respect Victoria, a statutory authority to be enshrined in legislation. It will work to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.
This year, we build on the landmark $1.9 billion commitment in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, with additional funding including:
$22.8 million to continue to deliver Respectful Relationships as a core component of the Victorian Curriculum.
Continue providing therapeutic and flexible support for victims of family violence
$49.9 million to continue providing therapeutic and flexible support for victims of family violence. These funds will also go to making sure survivors of sexual abuse will receive additional support, and the statewide sexual assault crisis line will employ additional social workers to address demand pressures.
After-hours refuge responses for victims of family violence
$27.7 million for after-hours refuge responses for victims of family violence to continue to provide secure, after hours crisis accommodation for women and children seeking immediate support.
Behavioural change campaigns
Behavioural change campaigns and a range of initiatives will receive $24 million to support the implementation of Free from Violence.
Implementation of the Aboriginal 10-Year Family Violence Plan
$13.5 million for the implementation of the Aboriginal 10-Year Family Violence Plan to build a strong, integrated Aboriginal workforce and family violence prevention and response sector, which will create better access, and more appropriate family violence services for Aboriginal people.
Provide further graduate level training
$5 million to provide further graduate level training under the Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response.
African Communities action plan
As part of Victoria’s first African Communities action plan, the Government will partner with the African communities to reduce family violence.
Family Violence Implementation Monitor
Additional crisis properties
$1.3 million for additional crisis properties in the Wimmera South Mallee area for women facing family violence.
Out of the Dark
$2 million for the continuation of the Out of the Dark family violence recovery program and family violence specialist trauma counselling in women’s prisons.