Government Media Releases
Respect Victoria - Call It Out
June 19, 2018
Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency will be enshrined in law as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s efforts to end family violence. The Labor Government today introduced legislation to enshrine Respect Victoria, the state’s new statutory authority, in law, fulfilling Recommendation 188 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The agency forms […]
More Specialist Family Violence Advisors To Keep Women Safe
June 12, 2018
Some of Victoria’s leading service providers in alcohol and drug treatment and mental health are now home to dedicated Family Violence Advisors, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today announced the second round of the Labor Government’s $17.4 million Family Violence Advisor program will host 17 new advisors across […]
New Laws To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors
June 5, 2018
Victim survivors of family violence will be able to provide recorded statements via body-worn cameras, under new laws introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence Protection and Other Matters) Bill 2018 will allow for a recorded statement taken by police at family violence incidents – at trial sites in […]
Stopping Family Violence Before It Starts In The Grampians
May 30, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting family violence prevention programs being rolled out across Ararat Rural City and the Northern Grampian Shire. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins announced $100,000 in funding for the Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership at the Regional Assembly in Stawell today. The partnership will use the funding […]
Stopping Family Violence Before It Starts In The West
May 30, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local organisations to deliver primary prevention in Melbourne’s West. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins announced a $400,000 funding package for family violence prevention programs today at the Victoria University (VU) Footscray campus. VU has secured a grant of $110,000 to ensure women living on university […]
Stopping Violence Before It Starts In Gippsland
May 25, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting organisations in Gippsland to continue running their programs to prevent family violence. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins visited Lake Tyers today to announce funding for two Aboriginal organisations to continue rolling out their family violence prevention programs. Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services and Gippsland […]
Boosting Womens Leadership On Boards
May 23, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the number of women and diversity on community and government boards. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today opened applications for the 2018-19 round of scholarships under the Women’s Board Leadership program and invited Victorian women to apply. The program gives women serving on community and government boards tailored governance […]
Footy Match Video To Honour Family Violence Victim Survivors
May 19, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is launching its latest video as part of its Respect Women: Call It Out campaign to coincide with today’s Vicki Cleary Football Match, honouring her and other victim survivors of family violence. Vicki Cleary – sister of prevention of family violence campaigner and former VFL player Phil Cleary – was murdered […]
Keeping Families Safe From Family Violence In Barwon South West
May 17, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is acting to help prevent family violence in Victoria’s south west. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today announced a $100,000 grant for the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a family violence education program and resource kit. The program and kit will be tailored to ensure Aboriginal community […]
Getting On With Ending Family Violence
May 10, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the report tabled today by the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor on the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations. As indicated in the report, the work to completely rebuild our broken family violence system into one that protects the vulnerable and holds perpetrators to account is both ambitious and complex. […]
Boost For Family Violence Perpetrator Programs
May 2, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government today announced five organisations will share in a $1.75 million grants package to help reduce family violence by expanding the delivery of specialist perpetrator intervention programs. Bethany Community Support, Drummond Street Services, Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative, the Centre for Non Violence, and Dardi Munwurro received grants under the Family Violence Perpetrator Intervention […]
Extra Investment To End Family Violence
May 1, 2018
More money will go towards preventing family violence and keeping victim survivors safe, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $42.5 million, on top of last year’s record $1.9 billion, to stop the scourge of family violence – more than any other state or federal government in the nation. […]
Protecting Older Victorians From Elder Abuse
May 1, 2018
Older Victorians will have the respect and dignity they deserve, with new investments in aged care from the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $32.6 million to address elder abuse and secure the future of our state’s public aged care services. The Labor Government will invest $6 million to tackle elder abuse by […]
Keeping Kids Safe From Harm
May 1, 2018
Victorian children at risk of abuse or neglect will be better protected and supported thanks a massive investment in child and family services. The Andrews Labor Government will invest an unprecedented $858.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to continue the transformation of Victoria’s children and family services system through Roadmap for Reform, moving it […]
Calling For New Approaches To End Family Violence
April 23, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is testing new approaches to end family violence and keep perpetrators accountable with a fund available for innovative programs. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $4.83 million will be made available to support trials of family violence perpetrator interventions that target diverse groups. These trials move away from […]
Family Violence Training To Tackle Economic Abuse
April 18, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its support for victims of family violence by training almost 200 financial counsellors across Victoria to respond to economic abuse. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz was in Ballarat today for the Family Violence for Financial Counsellors intensive training course together with staff from across regional Victoria. The […]
Police Body Worn Cameras To Boost Community Safety
18 April, 2018
Police in Ballarat communities will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Police Lisa Neville today launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of body worn cameras, which will see 150 cameras deployed this month. The roll out will go live today in Epping and follow in Ballarat on 23 April.
The new small, battery‐powered cameras will be worn on the uniform of general duties police officers as part of a six-week pilot of the new technology.
Information from the trial will help inform police policies and procedures ahead of the full rollout of 11,000 cameras to police officers working in the community right across Victoria by 2020. The investment is a part of the Government’s record $227 million technology investment, which is modernising police technology through the delivery of a new intelligence system and the ongoing rollout of iPads to police and Protective Service Officers (PSOs).
Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence called for the trial and evaluation of body worn cameras to collect statements from victims to use as evidence in court.
Supporting Family Violence Victims in South West Victoria
18 April, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring family violence victims across Geelong and south-west Victoria have the best facilities and support they need at the newly refurbished Barwon Multi-Disciplinary Centre (MDC).
The refurbishment will now provide capacity for 140 staff, compared to about 50 staff when it first opened in 2012.
The centre will service Geelong, Corio, Waurn Ponds, Bellarine, Drysdale, Portarlington, Queenscliff, Lara, Torquay, Anglesea and Lorne.
The works have provided space for Victoria Police’s Family Violence Unit to be co-located with the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team for the first time. New features include a remote witness facility so victims can provide evidence remotely to court and a forensic medical suite where adult victims of sexual assault can get access to a forensic examination on site.
New Bendigo Refuge For Families Escaping Family Violence
April 6, 2018
Women and children escaping family violence will now have access to a new secure refuge in regional Victoria that will keep them safe, while also providing the crucial transitional support services they need. Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and family violence workers to […]
Working With Perpetrators To Address Family Violence
March 31, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is helping to protect families by keeping perpetrators of family violence accountable and in plain sight. Two years on from the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $7.36 million for a new case management model – never before trialled in […]
Stepping Up In The Prevention Of Family Violence
March 29, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way when it comes to bystander intervention to prevent family violence. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence today launched new research from Deakin University that outlines what drives and encourages people to intervene when they witness sexist behaviour. The research demonstrates that calling out sexist behaviour is […]
New Agency and Campaign To Prevent Family Violence
March 29, 2018
On the second anniversary of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its action on ending family violence with a new prevention agency and advertising campaign blitz. Premier Daniel Andrews and the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today launched the Labor Government’s new family violence […]
Furthering Behaviour Change To Keep Families Safe
March 20, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is protecting victims of family violence by boosting programs that encourage perpetrators to change their attitudes and behaviour. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced the release of a new and enhanced men’s behaviour change program model, alongside more than $9.1 million for additional places in men’s behaviour change […]
More Homes For Family Violence Victims
March 19, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government has delivered another 20 affordable homes in Melbourne’s inner-west for women and children escaping family violence. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz joined Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan to officially open the new units, which will provide a safe haven for family violence victims and women over 55 who have had […]
More Rapid Housing For Victims Of Family Violence
March 11, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is helping more Victorian women and children fleeing family violence into safe rental accommodation thanks to an expanded leasing program. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced more than $4 million in new funding for the Rapid Housing Program to ensure family violence victims have access to homes […]
Better Information Sharing To Keep Women And Children Safe
February 27, 2018
Ground-breaking new laws introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to keep women and children safe and perpetrators accountable are now operating in Victoria. The new Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme – a key plank of the Labor Government’s landmark family violence reforms – also enable other major reforms like the Support and Safety Hubs and […]
New Ideas To Stop Family Violence Before It Starts
February 22, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is working to end the scourge of family violence and violence against women with a new package of more than $6.3 million in funding for prevention partnerships. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today announced details of the Free from Violence Fund, which will support creative and innovative […]
Stopping Family Violence Before It Starts
January 30, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is taking further action to stop family violence and violence against women before it starts. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today announced $3.8 million for the women’s health sector to work with regional, local-level partners – such as local government, sporting groups and local businesses – in […]
Recovery ‘Dalag Walert’: Support For Family Violence Victims
January 24, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening support for Aboriginal women impacted by family violence in Geelong by providing culturally sensitive support services. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today launched a new support program run by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative called ‘Dalag Walert’ (meaning possum skin). Dalag Walert will provide a safe environment for […]
Supporting Mums and Bubs Affected by Family Violence
January 3, 2018
The Andrews Labor Government is increasing support for new mothers and their babies experiencing family violence through extra Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service consultations and nurse training. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited the MCH Centre at the Docklands to announce an additional $11 million for extra consultations so that more […]
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.