Victorian Government releases Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

Ending Family Violence Victoria's Plan for Change
09 December 2016

The Victorian Government has announced landmark reforms to protect women and children, with the release of a 10-year plan to end family violence. 

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change details how the government will deliver the 227 recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and build a new system that protects families and holds perpetrators to account. 

It will build on the $572 million investment made in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 and the work already underway, including the $168 million Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children policy, that is shifting the children and family services system from crisis response to prevention and early intervention.  

It will also:
  • Establish a network of Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria, where victim survivors can access the support they need to stay safe.
  • Recruit new specialist family violence workers to support women and their children access services they need to stay safe and get back on their feet.
  • Invest a further $218 million in social housing and private rental assistance, bringing housing investment to a total of $600 million since the Royal Commission report.
  • Strengthen intervention orders, tighten up the bail process, and allow for the better sharing of information so a victims right to safety isn’t trumped by a perpetrators right to privacy.
  • Provide specialist training to Victoria Police officers who play a critical role in responding to family violence and upgrade the court system to provide greater security for victim survivors.
  • Initiate a Primary Prevention strategy, alongside a state-wide behavioural change campaign, to help stop family violence happening in the first place.
These reforms will require government to transform the way it works with a number of new bodies created, including:
  • A co-ordination agency which will oversee the operation of the Support and Safety Hubs
  • A prevention agency with dedicated funding focusing on providing advice on best practice
  • A Centre for Workforce Excellence to focus on building the strongest possible workforce
  • The Victorian Centre for Data Insights, which will change the way that government collects information and build new capabilities to analyse data to protect families at risk.

For more information visit the Family Violence: A plan for change website. 

Family violence services and support 

If you have experienced violence or sexual assault and require immediate or ongoing assistance, contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to talk to a counsellor from the National Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence hotline. 

For confidential support and information, contact the Safe Steps 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188.
If you are concerned for your safety or that of someone else, please contact the police in your state or territory, or call 000 for emergency assistance.

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