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Supporting a decade of preventing family violence

June 23, 2020 / Our Watch media team

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The Victorian Government will keep working towards a Victoria free from family violence with a further three years of support for Our Watch, the national foundation for the prevention of violence against women and their children.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced an extra $3 million over three years to extend the Government’s existing seven-year partnership with Our Watch to a decade.

The renewed partnership and support is particularly important as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disproportionately impact women’s work and care responsibilities alongside other known gendered drivers of violence against women.

Over the past seven years, the government has worked with Our Watch to implement the world-leading Free from Violence Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women, and the action plans to make sure the strategy is delivered.

Through respect and equality programs at workplaces, sporting clubs and schools, the Government and Our Watch have connected with communities where they live, work and play to better understand the cause of family violence and stop it before it starts.

Our Watch will also continue to work with the Government on addressing masculinities and engaging men in the prevention of violence against women, with a focus on translating the Men in focus evidence review into practical guidance for prevention practitioners who work with men and boys.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams

“We’re continuing our work with Our Watch to build a society where Victorians can live free from violence – because there is never an excuse for family violence.”

“All violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour. By recognising, calling out and preventing these attitudes, we can all play a role in stopping family violence before it starts.”

Quotes attributable to CEO of Our Watch Patty Kinnersly

“The Victorian Government’s continued funding shows strong leadership and commitment to preventing violence against women and their children.”

“The Government’s commitment is timely given the pandemic is exacerbating existing socioeconomic inequalities – including gender inequality – that create and reinforce the gendered drivers of violence against women.”

Watch Minister Williams and Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly discuss this funding announcement.

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Shannon McKeogh, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (shannon.mckeogh@ourwatch.org.au or 0412 612 039 or media@ourwatch.org.au).

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About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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