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Our immediate response

A young girl and her brother play in a cubby house.

We acted quickly to accept all 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence report and the recommendations from the Coronial Inquest into the Death of Luke Batty.

$572 million funding boost

In April 2016, we announced a $572 million statewide funding boost in the 2016/17 State Budget to start delivering on 65 of the Royal Commission’s most urgent recommendations. This 2-year package extends across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities.

This is the single largest investment by any State, Territory or Federal Government to address family violence.

Specialist support

$87 million

funding boost

  • Increasing the capacity of family violence service providers — at least 9000 women and children to benefit in 2016/17.
  • $5 million for 1100 women and children to access counselling.
  • Expanding Safe Steps, the 24/7 crisis response for women and children.
  • Expansion of Sexually Abusive Behaviours Treatment services, including extending the program to young people aged 15-17 years.
  • Increased funding for Men's Referral Service, which provides telephone counselling to men at risk of perpetrating family violence.

Justice response

$58.1 million

court safety and security upgrades

  • Increased family violence duty lawyer services in 23 Community Legal Centres.
  • Increased funding for Men's Behaviour Change Programs so an extra 1400 men have access.
  • Funded the Judicial College of Victoria to develop material on family violence.
  • Funding to develop a restorative justice pilot program.
  • Tender issued for police mobile devices.
  • Increased funding to Victoria Legal Aid to provide family violence legal assistance.
  • Sought advice from the Sentencing Advisory Council about 'swift and certain' approaches to sentencing offenders. 

Prevention

  • Statewide roll-out of Respectful Relationships to all primary and secondary schools in 2017.
  • Held statewide consultations to inform Victoria's first ever Gender Equality Strategy. 
  • Launched projects to prevent family violence for people with disability and for people in Aboriginal, LGBTI, rural and linguistically diverse communities.

Keeping children safe

$122 million

for integrated services for children

  • Expansion of ChildFIRST and Integrated Family Services to support over 600 additional families.
  • Established the Roadmap Implementation Ministerial Advisory Group.
  • 17 specialist family violence workers co-located with Child Protection.
  • Developing culturally-responsive, high-quality Maternal and Child Health services for Aboriginal families.
  • Launched a training program for child protection practitioners to improve their understanding about the nature and dynamics of  family violence  — 24 programs have already taken place in 2016.
  • Increased therapeutic support for children exposed to family violence.

Workforce

  • Reviewing and redeveloping the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (CRAF).
  • Completed roll-out of Risk Assessment and Management Panels — 18 now operational across the state.
  • Established an Industry Taskforce with a focus on family violence.
  • Trained 500 staff in hospitals to better identify and respond to family violence.

Housing assistance

$152 million

housing blitz package

$109 million

to help people at risk of experiencing homelessness

  • Additional upgraded crisis accommodation.
  • Purchased 184 social housing properties.
  • Head leasing of 124 properties.
  • Identifying 4 refuges for redevelopment.
  • Expanding  the Flexible Support Package initiative.
  • Established the Family Violence Housing Implementation Taskforce.

Aboriginal communities

$25.7 million

for working with Aboriginal communities

  • Progressed Koori Family Violence Police Protocols.
  • Developing a holistic healing model for Aboriginal people experiencing family violence.
  • Increased funding of Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice and Support Services.
  • Engaged with Aboriginal Victorians through the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum, Aboriginal Justice Forum and Aboriginal Children's Forum.

Working in partnership

Additional investment

In addition to this package, we also announced the following initiatives through the 2016/17 State Budget.

  • $596 million Public Safety Package: includes $227.2 million in new technology, including intelligence resources and body-worn cameras for police.
  • A $58.1 million investment in court safety and security upgrades to improve victim survivors’ experience at court. These upgrades will include separate waiting areas for victim survivors and additional interview rooms.

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