Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women & Children Strategic Plan 2016-20

The number of people who are, or have been, victims of violence in the Australian community is unacceptably high.

This has been highlighted in the Australian media, with the tragic and avoidable deaths of women and their children at the hands of current or former partners or family members.

And the G21 region is not immune to this. In parts of the G21 region, the rate of reported family incidents is higher than the state average. Urgent action is required.

The Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020) aims to create a single plan for primary prevention, early intervention and responses to violence against women and their children in the G21 region.

The Plan also attempts to broaden and formalise the partnership base to include organisations supporting Aboriginal women, women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD), women with disabilities, rural women and children.

Click here to view the Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020)

Project Partners

  • GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE - Jill Evans (Chair)
  • CITY OF GREATER GEELONG - Jane Wager, Heidi Waterson & Fiona Reidy

Project Update (July 2016)

Dr Fiona Reidy, has been appointed as a consultant to develop the governance structure for this strategic plan. 

The development of a grant proposal has recently been completed for the 5 councils within the G21 regions, to develop an Action Plan based on the overarching Strategic directions (Photo below: Grant Development Working Group).

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Project News

There are many key stakeholders within the G21 Region, committed to improving our understanding of family violence who are working together to reduce the current alarming rates of violence against women and children.

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) has received funding to deliver family violence flexible support packages to individuals or families who are seeking to leave, or have recently left, intimate partner or family violence circumstances.

Intimate Partner Violence and/or Family Violence can occur across all communities, social classes, ages, cultural backgrounds and geographical areas. Family Violence Flexible Support Packages are designed to provide limited financial assistance to victims/survivors of family violence within the LGBTI communities. 

Australia Post are providing a free 12 month mail redirection service to support victims of family violence.

Family and domestic violence is the biggest cause of homelessness in Australia. It isolates victims from their support networks, local communities and social services. If you need help staying connected, we'll make sure your mail still gets to you.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, have redeveloped The Lookout website to meet the growing demands on workers responding to family violence.

he recently released Primary Prevention Strategy Free from Violence: Victoria’s Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women sets out the path for all Victorians to experience equality and respect in their homes, workplaces and communities.

Project Events

Friday, 27 October 2017 (All day) to Saturday, 25 November 2017 (All day)

The Barwon Month of Action aims to raise awareness and educate our community about men's violence against women and children.

Saturday, 25 November 2017 (All day)

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Saturday, 25 November 2017 (All day)

"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Saturday, 25 November 2017 (All day) to Sunday, 10 December 2017 (All day)

This year’s Victoria Against Violence (VAV) — 16 Days of Activism campaign commences on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and concludes on International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Limited over White Ribbon themed cricket game involving representatives from all Surf Coast Cricket Clubs. Human White Ribbon and speeches during the innings break.

Related Resources

This document shares the vision of the Strategic Plan – Addressing and Preventing Violence Against women in the G21 Region 2016-2020.

This strategy fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reform. It is a key part of the 10-year plan Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

This submission focusses on the inequities experienced by women and identifies systematic and cultural ideas to improve equality outcomes.

Women's Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West have designed these resource to assist local government in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2017 – 2021.
These resources demonstrates the value of sex-disaggregated data, and highlights some of the most pressing needs for women in your communities.

The Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 incorporates primary prevention, early intervention and responses to violence against women and their children in the G21 region.

As parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers, we have an important role as influencers of young people.

We should speak up when someone says or does something that excuses disrespect towards women.

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The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas has been developed by Women’s Health Victoria, in collaboration with other state-wide and regional women’s health services as a tool to assist in the identification of gender impacts on key health areas.

The Atlas provides a coordinated State approach to...

This policy template aims to support organisations to develop and implement family violence policies within their own workplaces.