Below is an overview of the priority area to support you in giving your feedback, followed by a set of questions related to the information we have provided.

This package of information highlights what government has done so far, and what it intends to do over the coming three years, to address gender inequality and other forms of discrimination and effect long-term behavioural change to stop family violence before it starts:

  • Priority area overview summarises what government is doing and shows how prevention activities support the achievement of the Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF) as we continue to implement Royal Commission recommendations
  • Achievements since 2016 showcases key achievements during RAP1
  • Rolling action plan 2020 – 2023 sets out the activities government proposes to deliver for this priority over the next three years
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts reflects on how coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted prevention initiatives
  • Reform principles shows how the three reform principles (Aboriginal self-determination, lived experience and intersectionality) have influenced our prevention strategy.

NOTE: An accessible word version and high resolution PDF of this information is also available to view and download below.

There is substantial evidence that violence against women and family violence is driven by gender inequality and other forms of discrimination that give rise to power imbalances. Analysis of family violence data demonstrates that women are the main victims of family violence. Addressing the gendered drivers of violence through primary prevention that focuses on changing community attitudes, norms and behaviours is the key to long-term reduction in family violence.

How we are working to stop family violence before it starts


The Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF)

The FVOF articulates the government’s vision to end family violence; the four domains reflect the long term outcomes sought through the collective efforts of the reform. The domains represent the key priorities in preventing and responding to family violence and clarifying what constitutes success.

Activities in this priority area will likely have the greatest impact in achieving outcomes against the following highlighted FVOF domains:

Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV)

With more than two-thirds of the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations now implemented, delivery of activities under this priority over the next three years will continue to support recommendation implementation. Updates will continue to be provided via the vic.gov.au website.

Strategy

We have strengthened primary prevention efforts by establishing Respect Victoria as a statutory authority:

  • Respect Victoria established as Australia’s first statutory, dedicated primary prevention agency
  • Victoria’s long-term primary prevention strategy, Free From Violence, developed and released
  • family violence community awareness and prevention programs and activities use language, imagery and messaging reflecting the diversity of Victoria.

Statewide action

We are delivering primary prevention initiatives statewide:

  • More than 1,480 Government, Catholic and independent Victorian schools have signed on to implement the whole-school approach to Respectful Relationships
  • Leaders, experts and partners are embedded across the state to deliver primary prevention activities in:
    • 35 councils
    • 24 Aboriginal-led organisations
    • 21 community-led organisations
    • 65 culturally and linguistically diverse organisations and community groups
    • 10 Elder Abuse Prevention Networks.
  • Behaviour change campaigns include:
    • ‘Respect Women: Call it Out (Café; Public Transport)’
    • ‘Respect Older People: Call it Out’
    • ‘Respect Each Other: Call it Out’
    • 16 Days of Activism community-focussed statewide ‘Respect Women: Call it Out’.
  • Prevention projects in Aboriginal communities:
    • raising awareness of the causes and impacts of family violence
    • strengthening Aboriginal women’s capacity to take a leadership role in prevention
    • providing a culturally safe space for Koori women aged 13 to 18 to explore the dynamics of healthy relationships
    • developed a primary prevention research agenda: part of the whole of government research agenda for family violence reform, including more programs and broadening the scope, such as research into intersectional drivers of family violence.

    Workforce

    We are building capacity across the prevention workforce:

    • Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria provided more than 60 practitioners with dedicated training and 12 women’s health services with capacity-building support.
    • Increased collaboration is occurring across the specialist family violence prevention sector and an expanded range of settings and sectors are becoming involved in primary prevention.
    • Respect Victoria is developing a Theory of Change to support the prevention of all forms of family violence, aligned with Change the Story, focused on the prevention of men’s violence against women.

    Collaboration

    We are working in tandem with other family violence and gender equality reform initiatives:

    • Safe and strong: Victoria’s first gender equality strategy
    • Gender Equality Act 2020, requiring public sector workplaces to achieve gender equality goals
    • Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement, the Victorian Government’s 10-year vision for a more inclusive, safe, responsive and accountable family violence system
    • Aboriginal-led prevention under Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families
    • Victorian public health and wellbeing plan.

    Proposed activities

    NB: Timeline milestones have been included where applicable; text in panels indicates an ongoing and/or non date specific activity

    Service delivery adaptation, learnings and innovations during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The most significant impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on primary prevention activities has been in the delivery of funded activities and projects. This is because activity has been diverted towards response-end measures and also because social distancing has reduced the ability of community organisations to deliver primary prevention programs face to face. This has particularly impacted diverse groups.

    NB: This is an interim summary of the impacts, adaptations and innovations which have arisen as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). These will continue to be monitored and considered as the final RAP is developed.

    Prevention responses

    • Respect Victoria launched a coronavirus (COVID-19) specific media campaign, ‘Respect Each Other: Call it Out (COVID-19)’ during May and June 2020
    • Respect Victoria is developing a series of media communications to promote primary prevention during crisis and into the recovery phase, including focusing on gender equality at home, understanding positive opportunities to transform traditional power dynamics, norms and practices, and to ‘build back better’ from disasters.
    • Respect Victoria is conducting three targeted research projects to capture the experiences and impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on target cohorts: older people, LGBTIQ communities and on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the primary prevention workforce.
    • The Department of Education and Training has developed a webpage with advice on family violence support for schools, to help staff identify and support students experiencing family violence.
    • A $2 million Victorian Government funding package is supporting the provision of culturally appropriate family violence prevention and early intervention services.
    • A $3 million Victorian Government funding package is supporting a range of issues in women’s health services including family violence prevention (a proportion of the $59.4 million mental health package).

    Program and service delivery

    • One in five organisations report reduced capacity to deliver agreed activities, particularly in workplaces and schools.
    • Staff in some local councils and multicultural and Aboriginal-led organisations have been redeployed to support coronavirus (COVID-19) related response work.
    • Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria are connecting with the prevention workforce through webinars and moving the Partners in Prevention network online.
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) has highlighted the digital divide for many, including people in rural areas, older Victorians and Victorians with a disability, for whom access to online and digital communications platforms can be limited or challenging.

    Policy

    • The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is working with funded agencies to move delivery of projects online where possible and appropriate, noting the challenge for some population groups and sectors.
    • DPC are exploring options to extend funding and timelines for impacted organisations to support continued delivery.
    • Respect Victoria have established a collaborative primary prevention sector forum identifying key principles and actions for primary prevention in a disaster context, working with experts in gender and disaster management to ensure maintenance of a long-term focus on preventing family violence and identifying how government, organisations and community can continue driving primary prevention efforts in disaster management.


    The principles that underpin the reform have influenced our prevention strategy.

    Lived Experience

    • Respect Victoria is developing a victim survivors engagement plan to ensure the incorporation of lived experience in primary prevention efforts, including in the development of a policy, research and communications strategy.
    • Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is working with Family Safety Victoria to develop the primary prevention element of the 2019 Census of Workforces that Intersect with Family Violence, to better understand the current workforce and the future investment.
    • DPC is connecting with organisations working with culturally diverse communities to co-design and deliver primary prevention initiatives that meet the needs of migrant and refugee communities.
    • DPC is supporting a new LGBTIQ family violence primary prevention initiative that aims to address critical evidence gaps in LGBTIQ family violence primary prevention through the testing and delivery of community-based primary prevention activity with LGBTIQ communities and prevention organisations.
    • DPC is engaging Women with Disabilities Victoria to deliver the Workforce Development Gender and Disability program to support disability service workers to embed primary prevention into everyday practice and to generate evidence on the drivers of violence against women with disabilities.

    Intersectionality

    DPC and Respect Victoria are committed to applying an intersectional lens to primary prevention through the development, delivery and evaluation of activities, to ensure these are relevant, practical and meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities. This includes:

    • an Intersectional Strategy developed by Respect Victoria
    • improving data collection and the primary prevention research approach to respect complex and intersectional experiences
    • ensuring commissioned research programs have a particular focus on understanding the intersectional drivers of all forms of family violence and what works to prevent it
    • raising the profile of diverse forms of family violence and providing practical guidance for the design, delivery and evaluation of primary prevention work.

    Aboriginal Self-Determination

    • Aboriginal-led prevention has been strengthened through the update of the Indigenous Family Violence Primary Prevention Framework and implementation of an Aboriginal-led family violence prevention campaign and education program.
    • DPC will continue to work with Aboriginal Victoria, Family Safety Victoria and the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum over the next six months to determine a partnership approach to funding Aboriginal-led prevention activities in 2020 – 2021 and beyond.
    • The reform is supporting Aboriginal communities across Victoria to continue to lead innovative and new approaches to prevention, including targeted investment from Respect Victoria on Aboriginal-led research and community education programs.

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