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Helping family violence service providers prevent discrimination

Helping family violence service providers prevent discrimination

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has launched Guideline: Family violence services and accommodation as a result of Recommendation 141 from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“Family violence is a widespread and systemic human rights issue that continues to have devastating impacts on many families and our whole community,” Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said.

“Family violence can happen to anyone, but people from diverse backgrounds and experiences may face particular barriers to accessing services. This could amount to discrimination.

“This guideline focuses on how to improve access to services for a range of communities, including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, older people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people from different faith communities, from the LGBTI communities, people from regional and rural communities, people with disabilities, male victims, women in prisons and women working in the sex industry.

“Our guidelines provide practical and useful advice for services on how to prevent discrimination. They include case studies, links to toolkits and resources to help service providers understand the law and what they can do to prevent discrimination.

“Our guidelines will help all people experiencing family violence to access the support they need.”

Download the guideline and fact sheet

Source: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website