Government Media Releases
Making Victoria’s Legal System Fairer
December 6, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is making access to legal services fairer with a $8.9 million boost for Victorian community legal centres. Funding grants have been allocated to 38 individual community legal centres who successfully applied for grants under the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre […]
Helping Diverse Communities Tackle Family Violence
December 5, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is helping culturally diverse Victorians escape family violence with $10.5 million for a range of community-led prevention programs and specialist support services. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott announced the package today, which responds to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and forms part of the Government’s 10-year plan […]
Building Respect In Our Schools
November 27, 2017
More than 1,000 Victorian schools have signed on to promote positive attitudes, behaviours and healthy relationships in school communities, to help prevent family violence. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 864 government, Catholic and independent schools have signed up for the Andrews Labor Government’s $21.8 million Respectful Relationships program. The Royal Commission […]
Taking Action To Protect Family Violence Victim Survivors
November 25, 2017
Victim survivors of family violence will be better protected under new Victorian laws coming into force tomorrow to support the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme. The new Domestic Violence Order Scheme was created to ensure that in future domestic violence orders made in any state or territory could be automatically recognised and enforced Australia-wide. To […]
Ending Family Violence In Aboriginal Communities
November 24, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is investing in dozens of new projects to help Aboriginal people tackle family violence in their communities. Forty five new projects will begin this month to help prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Aboriginal communities across Victoria. The $650,000 investment in community based projects was recommended by 11 Indigenous […]
Victoria Goes Orange For A Future Free Of Violence
November 24, 2017
The third annual Victoria Against Violence campaign begins today, challenging the attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence and violence against women. Acting Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy will mark the start of the campaign by joining Rosie Batty and other community leaders for the 9th annual Walk […]
Holding Family Violence Perpetrators To Account
November 22, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce family violence with a $1.6 million grants package for intervention programs to hold perpetrators to account. Under the Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention Grants Program which opens today, profit and not-for-profit groups will be able to apply for up to $400,000 in funding to pilot new interventions […]
Statement From Minister Hutchins - Leave Of Absence
November 14, 2017
I am taking a leave of absence from my Ministerial and Parliamentary responsibilities due to personal reasons. In my absence Jill Hennessy will act as the Minister for Women and the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. Luke Donnellan will act as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the Minister for Industrial Relations. My […]
Better Training to Identify and Support Family Violence Victims
August 25, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is expanding training at Victorian public hospitals to help staff better identify and support patients experiencing family violence. Acting Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Jenny Mikakos today officially opened the 2017 Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence forum and announced $10.2 million to train thousands more healthcare workers right […]
More Housing Support Throughout Victoria
August 14, 2017
Community and homelessness organisations across the state will share in over $27 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government to provide housing for vulnerable Victorians. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards in Bendigo today to announce that Haven Home Safe is one of eight organisations […]
More Support For PartnerSPEAK
September 28, 2017
In an Australian first, partners and children of online child sex offenders will receive more support to deal with the burden often placed upon them. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $350,000 for peer support organisation PartnerSPEAK to expand its reach and help more people. PartnerSPEAK […]
More Support To Keep Women and Children Safe
August 18, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes. More than 5000 additional survivors of family violence can access packages up to $10,000 – up from $7000 – which can be used to cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, books and education and […]
New Fines Scheme To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors
September 19, 2017
Victim survivors of family violence will no longer be unfairly liable for fines incurred by perpetrators, under a new scheme introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 completes the implementation of two key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence (112 and 113) and will create […]
More Support for LGBTI Specialist Family Violence Services
August 9, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government will support specialised family violence services for Victoria’s LGBTI community. Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced $3 million over four years to develop comprehensive specialist services for LGBTI Victorians who experience or are at risk of experiencing family violence. This adds to the $1 million allocated for the initiative in […]
Making Men Take Responsibility For Family Violence
August 21, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced more than $12.4 million for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the […]
Women Hold More Than Half The Seats On Water Boards
11 September, 2017
The Andrews Labor Government has achieved gender equality on water boards, with women now holding 50 per cent or more of seats on all water boards across the state.
Women also hold 50 per cent of seats on the boards of Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) across the state.
Natalie Hutchins has been appointed as the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence.
13 September, 2017
Ms Hutchins has been a fierce advocate for gender equality and is a longstanding member of the Government’s Family Violence Cabinet Committee.
She will honour the legacy of the late Fiona Richardson by helping implement every recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in full.