10-year-planThe Victorian Government has sealed its commitment to protecting women and children and preventing violence with its newly released 10 Year Plan to End Family Violence. The Government has promised to implement the 227 recommendations made by Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. Specifically, the Plan commits the Victorian Government  to the following goals:

  • Establish a network of Support and Safety Hubs across Victoria, where victims/survivors can access the support they need to stay safe
  • Recruit new specialist family violence workers to support women and their children to access services they need to stay safe and get back on their feet
  • Invest a further $218 million in social housing and private rental assistance, bringing housing investment to $600 million since the Royal Commission report
  • Strengthen intervention orders, tighten up the bail process, and allow for the better sharing of information so a victim/survivor’s right to safety has priority over a perpetrator’s right to privacy
  • Provide specialist training to Victoria Police officers who play a critical role in responding to family violence and upgrade courts to provide greater security for victims/survivors
  • Initiate a Primary Prevention strategy, alongside a state-wide behavioural change campaign, to help stop family violence happening in the first place.

National Outcome 1 – Communities are safe and free from violen


We will be watching closely as these significant commitments are implemented. As AWAVA noted in our response to the recent release of the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, we urgently need commensurate commitments of funding from the Australian Government, including security for services funded under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.



















  • The International Organization for Migration, United Nations Information Centre Canberra and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees cordially invite you to celebrate International Migrants Day with a free screening of the new Australian documentary Constance on the Edge on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Click here to register.
  • The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (ACT Branch) in association with ANU Gender Institute invites everyone to a talk by Libby Lloyd AM, former chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, on “Australia’s Response to Violence against Women: Progress and Pitfalls”. It will be held on the 30th of November in Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Building, ANU.
  • trailblazingIn Melbourne, the Global Women’s Project will hold “Trailblazing Women of Herstory”, a fundraising feminist art extravaganza. The events began on the 25th of November with a Gala launch and will culminate on the 10th of December with performances of women in “Mother Tougue”. All events will be held at Neospace, 7 Campbell Street Collingwood, VIC 3066. For more information click here.
  • ANROWS and the Tasmanian government invite everyone to the launch of ‘ASPIRE’, a Horizons Report on promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia. The launch will be held on 8 of December at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter Street, Hobart. This event is free. Register here.capture13
  • The National Women’s Alliances, including AWAVA, are preparing our submission to the Australian Government on its priorities for the next session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) and we would love to hear from you. In 2017, the CSW’s priority theme is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. We have tonnes of information about this theme, but we need to focus our submission down to key areas… and we need your help! Please fill in our brief survey here. The survey closes on 30 November.
  • cropped-Capture.pngThe UN Women National Committee Australia invites everyone to the celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day events in March happening simultaneously in 6 major cities around the country. For more information click here.
  • 1800RESPECT will be holding a webinar on “Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities” on 1 December 2016, 1pm AEDT. The presenter will be Craig Rigney of Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY). Register here.
  • The University of Melbourne has created a website called ‘NotTheOnlyOne’ where women can anonymously read and share stories about experiencing family and domestic violence.


Credits for the images used in this round-up:

Department of Social Services- National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children cover image

1800RESPECT- Frontline Workers Toolkit cover photo

NSW Unions- “We Won’t Wait” campaign poster

HERproject- HER+project logo

Latin American Post- “Ni Una Menos” photo

Sharon Rose Dadang- Get Involved! header

The Global Women’s Project- TRailblazing Women of Herstory poster

UN Women National Committee Australia- UN International Women’s Day poster

Women’s Aid- Behind Closed Doors cover image