Delivering on the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence will need a skilled workforce. The Andrews government’s commitment to the recommendations remains strong but, for the first time, family violence is not a headline budget item.
Domestic Violence Victoria supports the Andrews government in their understanding that the work of addressing men’s violence against women is generational. Long term and bi-partisan commitment to this as a core priority is critical and we look forward to further discussion on this issue.
Domestic Violence Victoria welcomes investment in jobs and training that will build a skilled and dedicated workforce, able to meet the needs of victim survivors and work effectively with perpetrators of family violence.
Key Points in Family Violence Budget Items:
- Family Violence Flexible Support Packages make huge differences in the lives of victim survivors and we’re very pleased that the Victorian Government has committed to a further two years for this innovative program.
- We also welcome the investment into 24-hour staffing into family violence refuges, which will help keep women and children at high risk of being seriously harmed or killed safe.
- Funding for primary prevention of violence against women programs has a full four-year commitment in the budget, with most funding going to the ongoing Victorian Government awareness campaign.
- We particularly welcome the two-year investment in continuing the Respectful Relationships program in Victorian schools; teaching our kids the dangers of gender stereotyping and understanding that gender equity makes the future safer for girls and boys alike.
- We know that housing affordability is critical for women and children trying to live free from violence. While this issue was not addressed in the budget we are hoping to hear details on the government’s plans to address this key issue in the near future.
- We welcome the investment of $13.5million over four years into the Aboriginal 10-year family violence plan, but we are hoping for further investment in primary prevention.
We will be working our way through the details of the budget over the next few days and have a comprehensive analysis on the funding for family violence available soon.
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