Victorian govt gives grant to prevent violence against women

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Crime Prevention Minister Edward O’Donohue has announced a Victorian Coalition Government grant of $200,000 to help councils work with communities to prevent violence against women.

Mr O’Donohue said the funding would allow the Municipal Association of Victoria, which represents Victoria’s 79 councils, to build on its work assisting councils and their communities to promote gender equality and
prevent violence.

“Violence against women is unacceptable in any form, and with the support of the MAV and local councils we can change people’s attitudes to dealing with the issue,” Mr O’Donohue said, and added that he was proud to announce a new partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria to promote council engagement in preventing violence against women.

“This funding will assist councils and their communities to tackle the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women and children, so that women can safely live, work and enjoy community life,” Mr O’Donohue said.

Municipal Association of Victoria President Cr Bill McArthur said Victorian councils were leading the way with innovative programs promoting gender equality and were working with communities to change the culture
around family violence.

“Considerable work has already been done by the MAV and councils to prevent men’s violence against women, but our job is certainly not done yet,” Cr McArthur said.

“This funding will allow us to continue to support councils who have commenced work in this area, or are about to undertake such work. One in three women in Australia over the age of 15 has experienced physical violence. This figure is disturbing and we need to do whatever we can to put an end to violence against women,” Cr McArthur added.

Last financial year, Victoria Police responded to more than 65,300 family violence incidents.

The partnership will build on the work already done by the MAV to engage and educate councils about how they can work to prevent violence against women.

The funding will support: · the development and distribution of a MAV Gender Equity Action Plan; · a local government prevention of violence against women network; · the development and distribution of information resources for Victoria’s 79 local councils; and · councils embedding the prevention of violence against women and gender equity into their policies and programs.

“The Napthine Government is working with councils and other organizations to prevent violence before it happens through prevention and early intervention initiatives,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“We have provided $7.2 million through the Reducing Violence Against Women and Children grants to fund twelve partnership projects across Victoria that tackle this problem. These grants are part of the Napthine Government’s $35 million Community Crime Prevention Program, which assists councils, not-for-profit groups
and community groups to deliver local solutions to community safety issues,” he added.

For more information about community crime prevention initiatives, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au

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