Victorian budget: Unprecedented investment to end family violence
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $1.91 billion to help implement every recommendation made by the landmark Family Violence Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The package includes $448.1 million to establish 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state. They will serve as a visible contact point for victim survivors and give local communities access to highly skilled workers with connections to the justice system and social services, including housing.
There will also be more support for tens of thousands of victims with $270.8 million for after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy.
A massive overhaul of our courts and justice system will begin, with $269.4 million to implement five Specialist Family Violence Courts across the state and make the system more responsive to victims’ needs.
Building on last year’s investment in housing, an additional $133.2 million will go towards extra long-term housing, more rental assistance, improved crisis accommodation and better support for people fleeing family violence.
The Government is also delivering the Central Information Point, with the Budget providing $101.2 million to ensure government and family violence agencies can better share information and keep victims safe.
A further $76.9 million will help hold perpetrators to account, including early intervention and men’s behaviour change programs.
And to help stop family violence before it starts, $50.7 million has been allocated for Victoria’s first primary prevention strategy and to establish the state’s new Prevention Agency.