New PVAW Agency – Respect Victoria

Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency Respect Victoria has opened. The Prevention of Family Violence Bill 2018 has passed the Upper House, formally establishing the new agency. As an independent Statutory Authority, Respect Victoria will have the authority to hold both government and communities to account on taking action to prevent violence against…

Sexual Assault Services Receive Additional Funding

The state government has increased funding for Sexual Assault Services. This includes $4.0 million for additional sexual assault support services, which covers short, medium and long term crisis care, counselling, casework, advocacy and group work; and $1.3 million for the Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria, a state-wide, after-hours, confidential telephone crisis counselling service for people…

Family Violence Index Report

The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended that the Victorian Government develop a Family Violence Index to bring together data from different areas to create a single measure designed to assess the impact of reforms. The Government commissioned research and sought expert advice from the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety and the University…

Luke Batty Foundation Closes

In early June 2018, the Luke Batty Foundation closed and distributed its funds with approximately $515,000 going towards ANROWS projects. The money will used to: Examine the relationship between gambling and domestic violence Conduct workshops and national forums on survivor voices with survivors, researchers, practitioners and advocates Pilot an early intervention project for mothers and…