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Stopping it before it starts

Stopping family violence before it starts is critical and that is why we are committed to a sustained and enduring focus on prevention.

Our approach to primary prevention is grounded in the understanding that family violence is a deeply gendered issue.

Accordingly, our initiatives will be underpinned by the first Victorian Gender Equality Strategy, Safe and Strong, and the $5.9 million invested in delivering this strategy in the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget.

We have invested more than $100 million in the prevention of family violence since our initial funding in the 2016-17 budget.

Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women

Investment: $50.7 million over four years

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 187, 188, 142, 192

We have released Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. This strategy puts Victoria on a world leading path to changing the social conditions that lead to family violence, promoting gender equality and encouraging respectful relationships.


Building on existing prevention efforts

We will continue to progress a number of existing prevention initiatives, including:

  • Embedding Respectful Relationships in all Victorian primary and secondary schools – the Respectful Relationships program aims to improve student and staff knowledge on the issues of family violence, equality, inclusion and respectful relationships. It has been embedded in the Victorian Curriculum from 2017 and our initial investment of $21.9 million started the rollout of the whole-of-school program across Victoria with 120 leading schools and up to 600 partner schools. Respectful Relationships training is also being developed for up to 4,000 early educators.
  • Establishing the Family Violence Behaviour Change Campaign as a mass awareness campaign to shift the behaviours and attitudes which tolerate and condone family violence. This began in December 2016 with a series of TV advertisements. The next phase of the campaign will provide a more intensive focus for Aboriginal and diverse communities and the LGBTI community.
  • Implementing strategies to engage Victorian workplaces, including completing the Workplace Equality and Respect Program and establishing Prevention of Violence Against Women advisers.
  • Sustainable funding for innovative, community-led prevention programs for Aboriginal communities, including the continuation of prevention and early intervention programs for Koori women, including the delivery of Sisters’ Day Out events, Dilly Bag programs and Young Luv workshops.
  • Continuing the multicultural Capacity Building and Participation grants program to provide further funding to local service providers and communities to deliver programs aimed at preventing and responding to family violence in culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities.