Preventing Family Violence and Violence Against Women

Violence is unacceptable and inexcusable, yet family violence and violence against women are prevalent across Victoria. 

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.

 

Free from violence

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

Family violence and violence against women are driven by gender inequality and other forms of discrimination.  In May 2017 we launched Free from violence: Victoria's strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. The scope of this strategy is primary prevention – preventing violence before it starts by focusing on settings where inequality and violent behaviour are shaped.

Free from violence fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. It is a key priority of the government’s 10-year plan to reform the family violence system under Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

What can you do?

Stopping violence before it starts requires the whole community to drive social and cultural change. Everyone has a role to in play in challenging the drivers of violence where they live, work, learn and play.

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Support services

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