Our community says NO to Family Violence

Family violence is the most pervasive and common form of violence against women in Victoria. It is the leading cause of death and disability in women under 45.

In December 2014 the Andrews Labor Government announced a Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The findings from the Royal Commission highlighted that the family violence system had failed victims for too long and was severely broken.

In 2016, our Government promised to implement all 227 recommendations to change the way Victoria responds to the issues facing the victims of family violence.

Read the full report from the Royal Commission into Family Violence here

In 2015 I began the campaign “Say NO to Family Violence” and called on local businesses, sporting groups and organisations to create a banner with materials supplied that declared their support for a zero tolerance attitude towards family violence in their communities.

To date over 60 businesses, clubs and organisations have participated across the Macedon Ranges.

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Other ways we’re working towards reducing Family Violence in our community include:

EDUCATION 

In 2016 The Respectful Relationships Program was introduced to support Victorian schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours, teaching children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Teaching healthy, respectful relationships is key to preventing violence. We’re including it in the curriculum so that every Victorian school teaches students these important skills and lessons.

Read more here: Press Release

In 2018 Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins  announced more than $180,000 in funding to support programs that prevent family violence.

Macedon Ranges Shire recieved a $100,000 grant to invest in its workforce to prevent violence against women. The funding helped to develop gender equality training through a series of workshops and mentoring for staff to challenge the norms, structures and practices that drive violence against women.

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MORE FUNDING TO KEEP WOMEN AND CHILDREN SAFE

Disaster events cause enormous emotional, social and financial stress, and research shows this can compound the gendered drivers of violence and exacerbate the conditions that lead to violence. 

In 2018 the Kyneton Courthouse re-opened after much needed upgrades for a safer and more secure facility. The $2 million redevelopment of the building includes a new safe interview room, separate waiting spaces and a visual separation barrier in the courtroom to improve the safety of people attending court, especially victims of family violence.

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In 2020, the Andrew’s Government delivered the biggest boost to police resources in history and Macedon will see an additional 9 officers allocated to the police division that services the local community. These police will be out in the community protecting and serving residents to reduce crime, backed by the resources they need to target and prevent burglaries, violent crime, and family violence.

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Also In 2020, a two-year funding package for women’s health services across Victoria was announced and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee is one of 12 women’s health services in Victoria to receive a share of $3 million to continue their work in preventing family violence.

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In 2020 I welcomed the Government’s $40.2 million investment in specialist services and crisis accommodation for people suffering or at risk of family violence during the coronavirus pandemic  – including $440,630 for the Centre for Non-Violence in Bendigo.

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SPECIALIST JOBS, TRAINING AND WORKERS FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrew’s Government launched a new jobs hub in 2020 dedicated to the family violence workforce. The hub comes out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which recommended more support and focus on growing specialist family violence and prevention workforce, recognising specialist expertise and increasing diversity. The hub also provides access to a Family Violence Jobs Portal, where jobseekers can search and apply for family violence sector roles.

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