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Edition 7

What's been happening

Rolling Action Plan launched - a record $1.9 billion invested

The Premier, Daniel Andrews MP, together with the Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings MP, launched the Family Violence Rolling Action Plan on 3 May 2017 at McAuley House in Footscray.

The Rolling Action Plan is the next step of the Victorian Government’s 10-year agenda to implement all 227 recommendations and build a Victoria that is free from family violence.

This plan outlines the government’s significant investment of $1.9 billion in family violence services and reform. The timelines and approach to implementation reflect the scale of the reform that is being delivered.

Our investment and actions will change the way services are delivered to Victorians who are in need. We will deliver positive changes in the lives of these people by better preventing, identifying and responding to family violence.

Read the statement from the Premier.

A Victoria free from violence

The Victorian Government has also released Free from Violence, its strategy to stop family violence and other forms of violence against women before it starts. The release marks the culmination of 9 months of intensive work with the community, victim survivors, prevention experts and service providers.

A key step in the government’s 10-Year Plan to end family violence is the establishment of a dedicated prevention agency to drive the focus on prevention over the long term to change the attitudes and behaviours in our culture that lead to violence.

Our approach will be similar to other world-leading Victorian prevention initiatives such as the anti-smoking campaign led by VicHealth and the Transport Accident Commission’s work to make our roads safer.

The strategy makes clear that everyone in the community has a role to play in preventing violence – men, women, children and young people. It recognises that we can all act on the underlying causes of violence in everyday places to build a society where all Victorians experience equality and respect in their homes, workplaces and communities.

The strategy fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and forms an integral part of the Victorian Government’s broader family violence system reform. It builds on a range of efforts made in Victoria, especially by women’s organisations, to develop best-practice approaches to the prevention of family violence.

As part of the government’s budget $1.9 billion investment in family violence, $50.7 million over 4 years was provided to begin implementing prevention and to establish the prevention agency.

Changing attitudes and behaviours will take time and will require broad-based public awareness campaigns to change social norms, structures and practices that endorse and condone violence. Free from Violence is our opportunity to work together to challenge norms, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence.

Read the media release.

Vicki Cleary Tribute Match

On Sunday 30 April 2017, Coburg Football Club’s oval became the backdrop to an important message about helping to end family violence.

The tribute match was supported by the Victorian Government and was the round 3 clash between Coburg and the Northern Blues.

Addressing a crowd of about 3,500 people, Phil Cleary – a Coburg club legend –spoke about his younger sister Vicki, who at 26 was tragically killed by her ex-partner 30 years ago not far from the football ground.

Phil, who is also a Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) member called for men to be part of the solution, not the problem.

Standing alongside VSAC Chair and former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty – and other victim survivors and their families – Phil led a minute's silence in honour of all victims of family violence while the players wore black armbands and formed a guard of honour.

A trophy in Vicki’s memory was presented to the Northern Blues, who won the match.

What's new

Family Violence Workforce Census

Do you work with people? We are calling on all workers to have their say in the family violence workforce census.

The Victorian Government's historic investment in responding to family violence includes $125.4 million to build the workforce and manage risk.

If you want to help shape how we build the future workforce, fill out Victoria’s first first family violence workforce census. It gives workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them and to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan.

We want to know your thoughts on access to family violence training and support.

We appreciate it’s been busy with Easter holidays, school and public holidays and have taken on board feedback about not having time to complete the survey, so the closing date has been extended until 19 May.

Fill out the census here

First report on perpetrator pathways through the family violence system

The Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) was commissioned to provide a high level overview of the pathways perpetrators can take as the service system becomes aware of their family violence behaviour. This overview was to support the government’s acquittal of Recommendation 85 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and inform Victoria’s 10 Year Plan for Change.

This research was gathered through a literature review and targeted consultations and identifies 6 of the many parts of the family violence system that have contact with perpetrators of family violence. This research provides the foundation for further work to map the roles and responsibilities of different parts of the system.

Over the coming months, there will be more engagement with non-government family violence service sector, prioritising Aboriginal communities and services, and other diverse communities such as LGBTI groups, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, and people with disabilities on the roles and responsibilities of services that have contact with perpetrators of family violence.

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In the loop

VicHealth's #ChangeOurGame campaign

'Sport is sport – regardless of who is playing it' is the concept at the heart of VicHealth’s Change Our Game campaign that has been in market since early 2017.

The rise of women’s sport in Victoria has been strong and 2017 has seen some particularly exciting developments with the inaugural AFL Women's season that launched in February.

While celebrating this, VicHealth’s campaign highlights that we still have a long way to go before female athletes have the same opportunities as male athletes.

Developed to support the State Government’s Change Our Game initiative – encouraging all Victorians to get involved and support gender equality in sport – VicHealth’s campaign has been drawing support from athletes, stakeholders and the public.

A star-studded line up of elite female athletes gathered on the grass at Etihad Stadium in late January to launch the campaign. VicHealth brought together teams from AFL Women’s, Women’s Big Bash League and Women's National Basketball League to spread the message.

A series of creative video content pieces were rolled out featuring footballer Darcy Vescio, cricketer Gemma Triscari and basketballer Maddie Garrick.

Special-effect make-up was applied to the 3 athletes to make them look like 85-year-old women as they posed the question: 'How long do we have to wait for women to have the same sporting opportunities as men?'

VicHealth’s focus on women in sport forms part of its longstanding commitment to achieving gender equality across the community and building a culture of respect and non-violence. Use the hashtag #ChangeOurGame to follow the campaign on social media.

DVRCV updates

New Partners in Prevention (PiP) website with whole school approach resources

  • The Partners in Prevention (PiP) website was re-launched in April with updated content, improved navigation and layout to continue improving the resources we provide to those getting Respectful Relationships education out there and supporting Prevention Network members.

New DVRCV resources available

  • Red flags poster for family violence professionals

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The Lookout website – version 2.0 coming soon

  • The Lookout website for specialists and others responding to family violence is under redevelopment and due to launch at the end of May. Check out our latest fact sheets here.

NAB Trade Charity Trading Day

On 19 April NAB donated all brokerage fees to the Luke Batty Foundation – a charity that gives a voice to the women and children affected by the trauma of family violence. The final donation tally reached $100,000.

Watch a video from the day.

St Kilda Film Festival – short film ‘Superheroes’

A short film featuring at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival is ‘Superheroes’. Screening on 22 May as a part of the Top 100 short films, ‘Superheroes’ is about James, a 10-year-old surrounded by family violence. James uses the power of his imagination as a sanctuary for himself, his brother and mother from a disturbing reality.

For more information and tickets visit the website.

Violence against women in Australia – VicHealth research

In February, VicHealth published an update of the latest research examining violence against women in Australia and its prevention. This is a useful tool for people across sectors like health, sport and workplace who are seeking to increase their knowledge about violence against women and to integrate prevention into their everyday business.

Violence Against Women in Australia: An overview of research and approaches to primary prevention includes responses to violence against women and primary prevention actions.

This overview focuses on:

  • the extent of violence against women
  • population groups at risk
  • the health, social, economic and other consequences of the problem
  • community attitudes to violence against women
  • responses to violence against women: policy, community and media
  • actions to address the drivers of violence against women.

Media articles

Victoria’s record budget investment in family violence

Workforce census to shine light on ‘hidden’ family violence workers

News coverage of Vicki Cleary Tribute Match

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