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Story: Emma wants a whole community effort to tackle family violence

With the Victorian Government’s genuine desire to achieve lasting change, we have been provided a rare opportunity for the community sector to permanently embed new practices and fresh attitudes needed to relegate family violence. 

I'm so proud to be able to work with the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), and its broad membership base, to inform and influence this once in a lifetime opportunity.

For many years I have advocated for the rights of women and children, campaigning on the importance of early childhood development programs, education and the elimination of violence.

I’m currently CEO of Victoria's peak social advocacy body, VCOSS, and I represent the state's broad and diverse community sector in a range of government forums. I'm also a member of the Family Violence Steering Committee.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence envisioned a whole of community effort to tackle family violence. With the recent government funds that have been allocated to support that vision, I’ve been working with VCOSS and the sector to highlight critical issues and to speak with one voice on complex issues of policy implementation.

It’s so important to amplify the voices of violence survivors, support workers and frontline service organisations back to government, to help government ‘join the dots.’ I truly feel that this will lay the groundwork for the successful realisation of the goals in the government’s family violence package.

Government has bold aspirations across the areas of prevention, early intervention and rapid response, and my role, with VCOSS, is to help make this a reality. We’ve also been able to work with organisations working on other reforms, including NDIS implementation and the Roadmap for Reform agenda — when we work together, we’re better.

Reviewed 26 June 2019

Family violence reform

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