Federal Budget Commitments

The Federal Government handed down the 2021-22 budget on 11 May 2021. The following is a summary of key commitments: $130.2 million per year for a new National Partnership Agreement on family violence. $164.8 million over three years for financial assistance to women experiencing family violence, including a two-year trial providing cash payments of up…

Additional Police Recruits Trained in Family Violence Response

The Victorian Government has announced an additional 396 frontline officers will be deployed across Victoria over the coming 12 months. Recruits are currently progressing through rigorous training at the Police Academy, undertaking practical exercises and assessment with a strong focus on some of the key issues currently impacting on the community including family violence and…

Minimum Qualifications Mandated for Specialist Family Violence Workers

From 1 July 2021, a five-year transition period will begin to apply a mandatory minimum qualifications policy to specialist family violence practitioners entering the workforce.  New specialist family violence practitioners employed in a Victorian Government-funded organisation must:  hold a Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent qualification, or  be working towards meeting the new mandatory minimum qualification policy requirement, via one…

Encourage Indian Hindu Victim Survivors to Participate in Research

Latrobe University are conducting research regarding the association between the Hindu Religion and family violence through the voices of Indian Hindu women in Australia who are victim survivors of family violence.

For further information contact:

Professor Margarita Frederico – Principal Supervisor m.frederico@latrobe.edu.au  or Triparna Lahiri De – 18346012@students.ltu.edu.au

(Source: Email from Triparna Lahiri De, 5.5.21)

State Budget Commitments

The Victorian government handed down the 2021-22 budget on 20 May.  Commitments include: Increased investment in perpetrator accountability ($18.1 million). $1.2 million investment (over two years) in the Family Violence Graduate Program that will support 80 new graduates to receive training and on-the-job support while working to become specialists in family violence services. Investment to…

Coercive Control Position DV Vic/DVRCV

DV Vic/ DVRCV have identified coercive control as one of the most complex and urgent social issues impacting communities across Australia, and stated that victim survivors clearly need improved responses from the system and the community. They have emphasised that a whole-of-system approach is required to improve responses to coercive control and ensure all victim…