Funding to stop family violence
06 Sep 2017 Yea Chronicle, Yea VIC (General News) MEMBER for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes has announced more than $500,000 of funding for family violence programs and referral services in the Goulburn area. The funding comes as part of an effort by the state government to make Victoria safer by expanding programs that assist men who have committed family violence to take responsibility for their action and stop their abusive behaviour towards women and children. The investment will support local agencies to deliver mens behavioural change programs and services across the state. We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence have on their own families, as well as the wider community. This is about making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours, Ms Symes said. These programs educate and assist men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. Funds will also support the No to Violence and Mens Referral Services to provide information and guidance on mens family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more mens behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The government is working to end family violence through a $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.