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Ensure the Statewide Family Violence Action Plan includes a primary prevention strategy

Recommendation 187 - In Progress

The Victorian Government ensure that the Commission’s recommended Statewide Family Violence Action Plan includes a primary prevention strategy [within 12 months] that should:

  • be implemented through a series of three-year action cycles
  • refer to actions to be taken and be accompanied by performance measures
  • guide and be guided by the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy
  • be supported by dedicated funding for family violence primary prevention.

What we are doing

The Primary Prevention Strategy is a high-priority part of the Victorian Family Violence Action Plan.

The strategy will take a systemic and whole-of-community approach to address the harmful social norms influencing the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that drive and contribute to family violence.

To develop the Primary Prevention Strategy, we are designing a co-design approach that ensures:

  • the contribution of a key group of prevention sector stakeholders and experts in primary prevention, such as the Ministerial Prevention Taskforce
  • the strategy is informed by relevant experts and complements the approaches reflected in the broader family violence reforms, including the 10 Year Plan for Change
  • primary prevention is embedded across and throughout the broader family violence reforms
  • the strategy is informed by and resonates with the Victorian community, whose action and effort is required to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating family violence in Victoria.

We will also engage with other advisory and co-design groups participating in the reform of family violence response and prevention in Victoria. This will include engagement with the following forums:

  • the Aboriginal Family Violence Co-Design Forum
  • the Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council
  • Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group
  • the LGBTI Taskforce. 

Diverse experts will be engaged to ensure the Primary Prevention Strategy is robust, evidence-based and builds on work underway across the field of prevention. Expert advice on key elements will increase and inform expertise in the Ministerial Prevention Taskforce and within government.

Engagements will take the form of targeted research, roundtables and workshops. Outcomes and outputs will be considered by the taskforce to inform or include in the Primary Prevention Strategy. This will include contribution from experts in:

  • monitoring and evaluation
  • behavioural insights
  • cultural and social norm/behaviour change
  • collective impact
  • funding and economic modelling
  • universal service design and delivery.

Public and community consultation and engagement will occur throughout the reform process. Consultation on prevention will occur as part of engagement in broad reform activity. This includes consultation and engagement with groups and organisations involved in localised prevention activity across Victoria.

Engagement between departments will form an important component of the development of the Primary Prevention Strategy. Family violence reforms and the development of the Primary Prevention Strategy present an opportunity to build and develop primary prevention literacy across the Victorian Government. This literacy will be essential to achieving the initial and ongoing support required to deliver and to realise the objectives of the Primary Prevention Strategy.

Where we are up to

The Ministerial Prevention Taskforce is meeting regularly. They will work through all aspects and components of the Primary Prevention Strategy. This work will continue through to March 2017 when the Primary Prevention Strategy is released.

The Ministerial Prevention Taskforce provides monthly activity reports to inform the work of the Family Violence Steering Committee. It will also present on the approach and direction of the Strategy to the Family Violence Steering Committee and the Social Services Taskforce.


Forecast end date: First quarter 2017.

Who is leading the change

Department of Premier and Cabinet