Working together to prevent family violence

The Andrews Government is continuing to work toward a Victoria free from family violence, with a significant boost in funding for prevention programs in the Central Highlands Region.

Minister for the Prevention of Violence, Fiona Richardson, today announced a further $1.2 million for the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said a total of $3.85 million worth of grants now support a number of new or existing partnerships between businesses, schools, workplaces and community settings to help drive local community action to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women.

Women’s Health Grampians will receive $140,000 to work with women to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women in the City of Ballarat, Rural City of Ararat and the Pyrenees, Hepburn, Golden Plains and Moorabool Shires.

Ms Pulford said the organisation will work with sporting clubs and other community groups on a strategy to prevent family violence.

“Helping to stop family violence before it starts is critical work that we all must be a part of,” Ms Pulford said.

“The advocacy and education that will be strengthened from this partnership with Women’s Health Grampians is fundamental in our work to create a safe and equal community, for all Victorians,” Ms Pulford said.

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, said communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence.

“Community organisations, businesses and sporting and social groups all play a crucial role in challenging the attitudes that lead to family violence. These projects will ensure prevention work reaches people at a local level,” Ms Richardson said.

“Prevention will only be effective when the whole community is involved in changing attitudes and challenging the behaviours that can lead to family and gender-based violence,” she said.