The Andrews Labor Government is helping stop family violence before it starts in Buninyong to better protect women and children.
A funding boost of $9 million will go towards almost 60 projects and initiatives across Victoria to drive gender equality, workplace respect and increased women’s participation in fields traditionally dominated by men.
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today welcomed the Government’s funding, which includes a grant provided to Ballarat Community Health of $30,000 for the prevention of elder abuse in their local community.
Also funding of $44,000 was provided to Women’s Health Grampians for recruiting and training for advocates against violence towards women, allowing for extra local advocates.
Family violence is a national emergency, with one woman murdered at the hands of a current or former partner every week. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.
When it comes to addressing family violence, Victoria has led the nation with a landmark Royal Commission that brought down 227 recommendations which we have committed to implementing.
We have so far invested $2.7 billion towards implementing these recommendations and keeping women and children safe – more than all the states, territories and the federal government combined.
“Bad attitudes towards women lead to bad outcomes for women, which is why I’m proud we’re investing in our region to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women,” Ms Settle said.
“Family violence also affects regional areas – it’s critical to support community groups who are working to change attitudes and I’m proud that we are not only talking about it, were are acting on it.”