Violence against Women and Children – Everyone has a responsibility to act

09 October 2012

On 9 October 2012, Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Community Services and Women’s Affairs, Mary Wooldridge, launched Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children – Everyone has a responsibility to act.

The central tenet of the Action Plan is that violence against women and children in any form, in any circumstance and in any community is unacceptable.

The plan reflects the Victorian Government’s commitment to preventing violence happening, holding perpetrators to account for their actions, and providing support to women and children who experience violence.

The Government is investing $90 million in 2012-2013 which will fund prevention, early intervention and response measures.

Prevention is at the heart of plan with initiatives to:

  • Raise community awareness to change attitudes and behaviours that have allowed violence against women and children to occur or continue
  • Work with schools to build respectful relationships education into the school curriculum, promoting social media literacy, training teachers and establishing links to local community organisations
  • Provide resources and training for workplaces on developing environments that are inclusive, safe and supportive of women, including a Bystander Program to equip people to know what to do when someone known to them is experiencing violence or using violence against women
  • Work with the media on responsible reporting of violence against women and training survivors to be media and public spokespeople.

More information about the Action Plan is available on this site.

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