VIC Government working with councils to stop family violence

The Victorian Government has announced that it is partnering with councils to promote gender equality to stop family violence.

VIC Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins joined VIC Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz, women mayors, CEOs and local government advocacy groups to announce $2.4 million for primary prevention grants in family violence.

“Councils deliver vital services and programs for local communities and this funding will allow them to do more.” Minister Kairouz said.

“Tackling family violence requires a grassroots response and these grants will help us to save and rebuild lives.”

As part of the First Action Plan of the Free from Violence strategy to prevent family violence, the grants will support councils that are currently rolling out innovative programs that work to prevent family violence as well as those that would like to begin prevention programs.

Councils will be able to apply for grants of up to $100,000 each to support new and existing programs. A co-contribution will be sought from larger and non-rural councils.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) will receive $420,000 to help coordinate, monitor and evaluate the prevention programs across the state and to continue their leadership role in supporting all 79 local councils in their efforts to prevent family violence.