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Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement

Everybody should be supported by the family violence service system irrespective of age, gender, ability, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or religion.


The Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement sets out the Victorian Government’s long-term vision for the creation of a family violence system that is more inclusive, safe, responsive and accountable to all Victorians.

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We know that people from diverse communities can face additional barriers to getting the help that they need, which places them at greater risk of experiencing family violence.

Developed as a key response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the statement will guide our work to ensure that anyone seeking help for family violence will be able to choose what service they access and know they will receive the help they need.

It outlines the 10-year direction and strategic priorities required to ensure that family violence and universal services support all Victorians equally, and to ensure greater inclusion and access for everyone.

The statement includes a call for everybody in the family violence system – including workers, service organisation leaders and those with lived experience – to act as champions for diversity, to challenge the current system and strive for change that delivers choice for all.

It has been developed in partnership with a range of sector stakeholders and people with lived experience.

The Royal Commission identified diverse community groups as:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities,
  • faith communities,
  • LGBTIQ communities,
  • people with disability,
  • people experiencing mental health issues,
  • older people,
  • women in or exiting prison or forensic institutions,
  • people working in the sex industry,
  • rural and regional communities,
  • male victims
  • young people aged 12-25.

The next step is to develop an Inclusion and Equity Blueprint, over three stages, that will identify the actions required to achieve the long-term vision outlined in this statement.