Safe and free from violence

Family violence is our nation’s number one law and order issue.

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It's the reason the Victorian Government committed to launching Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Family Violence.

And it's the reason we will implement every single one of the Commission's 227 recommendations, with more than half already complete.

The Victorian Budget 2019/20 builds on this work, investing:

Holding perpetrators to account

$85 million to ensure perpetrators are held to account, including through behavioural change programs and intensive engagement of perpetrators with complex needs.

Culturally appropriate support for victims

$28.7 million for the Dhelk Dja: the Aboriginal Family Violence Agreement for more frontline Aboriginal family violence services, including $9.9 million for the operation of three Orange Door access points.

Better support for victims in emergency accommodation and refuges

$23.9 million to better respond and meet the needs of victim survivors in emergency accommodation and refuges, through expanded case management.

Greater support for victim survivors of family violence and sexual assault

$20.9 million to make sure victim survivors of family violence and sexual assault have the support they need to rebuild their lives, including specialised services for Aboriginal Victorians and women with disability.

Support for victim survivors with complex needs

$8.5 million to strengthen family violence perpetrator responses for cohorts from diverse backgrounds with complex needs.

Support for victim survivors with a disability 

$5.7 million to strengthen family violence responses for people with a disability through Orange Doors as well additional support to LGBTI victim survivors through the Rainbow Tick accreditation team.

Family violence financial counselling

$5.5 million for 10 full-time specialist family violence financial counsellors to help combat financial abuse and ensure women have the advice and information they need to keep themselves and their children safe.

The Koori Women’s Place

$2.3 million for the Koori Women’s Place to provide culturally appropriate support to Aboriginal women and children escaping family violence.

Enhancing the Victorian Family Violence database

$1.8 million to support and further develop the Victorian Family Violence database to strengthen and support reporting, research and analysis.

And because we’re determined to continue our support for the women and men who support victim survivors, this year’s Budget also includes $3.1 million to continue the expansion of the family violence workforce.

Reviewed 23 May 2019

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