This strategy is an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reform.
It fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is a key part of the 10-year plan Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.
Family violence is highly complex and multidimensional. While a lot of research has been conducted to understand what drives a person to commit violence against someone they are supposed to love, we still do not have all the answers.
But we do know that a large part – the part in which women and children are the predominate victims and men the perpetrators – is driven by gender inequality. That is why we launched Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy, Safe and Strong, setting out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time to end gender inequality.
This Strategy represents the culmination of nine months of intensive work with the community, victim-survivors, prevention experts and service providers. It builds on a range of efforts made in Victoria, especially by women’s organisations, to develop best-practice approaches to the prevention of family violence. The knowledge and wisdom of prevention professionals provided the basis for our Strategy and we are very grateful for their contributions.
Preventing family violence and violence against women is everyone’s business. We all have a role to play. Prevention starts with clear messages about respect and equality delivered in all areas of our lives and across all communities: where we live, learn, socialise and interact. Every one of us needs to question how we are promoting equality and respect, how the organisations or institutions of which we are a part perpetuate inequality and discrimination, and what we can all do to make a difference.