Family Violence Prevention

The Victorian Government aims to lead nationally in preventing family violence.

We are committed to ensuring that every Victorian has the right to live a safe and meaningful life.

Our prevention approach aims to reach all Victorians where they live, work, learn and play.

We invest in evidence-based prevention projects that are both universal and targeted and reach a range of settings.

We work with the family violence sector, key experts, local government, women's health organisations and other advocacy and advisory bodies to build a society based on equality and respect.

Put your hand up to end violenceVictoria Against Violence

The Victoria Against Violence (VAV) — 16 Days of Activism campaign has commenced. Support the campaign: go orange and put your hand up to support a Victoria that will be free from violence.

 

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

This plan outlines how we will deliver these recommendations and build a future where all Victorians live free from family violence and where women and men are treated equally and respectfully.

The Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission. It is focused on outcomes. It makes clear our resolute determination to end the murders and keep our children safe, to support victim survivors and stop them falling into homelessness, to build strong and resilient families and ensure perpetrators are held to account and are brought to justice if they reoffend.

Rolling Action Plan

The Rolling Action Plan describes the actions, initiatives and investment required over the coming years to drive family violence reform and implement the vision of a Victoria free from family violence and represents an unprecedented investment of $1.91 billion in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget.

Free from violence

Victoria's strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women

We are pleased to announce the launch of Free from violence: Victoria's strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.  This strategy fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reform. It is a key part of the 10-year plan Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

Violence is unacceptable and inexcusable, yet family violence and violence against women are prevalent across Victoria.  The scope of this strategy is primary prevention – preventing violence before it occurs by focusing on settings where inequality and violent behaviour are shaped. The aim is to build social structures, norms and practices that prevent, or reduce the risk of, violence.

Family Violence Primary Prevention report

The Victorian Government commissioned the Equality Institute to undertake this investigation. The report, Family Violence Primary Prevention: Building a knowledge base and identifying gaps for all manifestations of family violence, identifies:

  • the factors that contribute to experiences of family violence among diverse communities
  • existing knowledge on what works to prevent family violence with different population groups and
  • the key gaps in evidence that pose substantive barriers to preventing family violence.

Family Violence Primary Prevention: Building a knowledge base and identifying gaps for all manifestations of family violence Family Violence Primary Prevention: Building a knowledge base and identifying gaps for all manifestations of family violence DOC (290.02 KB) Family Violence Primary Prevention: Building a knowledge base and identifying gaps for all manifestations of family violence Family Violence Primary Prevention: Building a knowledge base and identifying gaps for all manifestations of family violencePDF (1.62 MB)

 

Support services

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence help is available. In an emergency call 000.

Safe Steps

1800 015 188

For confidential support and information call Safe Steps 1800 015 188 family violence response line 24/7.

Men's Referral Service (MRS)

1300 766 491

MRS provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them to take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour. www.mrs.org.au