Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
What are we doing?
Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement sets out the Victorian Government’s ten-year commitment to building a family violence system that is more inclusive, safe, responsive and accountable to all Victorians, inclusive of Aboriginality, gender identity, age, ability, mental health, sexual orientation, culture, language, visa status, or religion.
Through the Everybody Matters Inclusion and Equity budget initiative, the Victorian Government will provide:
- $2.8 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to improve family violence responses for people with a disability.
- $2.91 million over four years from 2019-20 between 2018-19 and 2021-22 to strengthen the LGBTIQ family violence response.
What have we achieved so far?
- Engagement with a broad range of family violence service stakeholders and governance groups in 2018 to develop the statement, including the Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group and Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council.
- Launch of Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement in April 2019.
What is next?
Everybody Matters is an ongoing initiative.
- A three-year Blueprint (Rolling Action Plan) for 2019-2022 for Everybody Matters which outlines the initiatives, actions and investments under development to improve family violence responses for all diverse community groups including people with a disability, people from LGBTIQ and multicultural communities, older people, children and young people, people with mental health issues, and women exiting prison. Initiatives, actions and investments that strengthen family violence responses for Aboriginal Victorians are outlined in the Dhelk Dja 3-Year Action Plan.
- The LGBTIQ Family Violence Capacity Building Initiative will be delivered over two years from 2020-21 to build the capacity of specialist family violence services and sexual assault support services to better respond to and support people from LGBTIQ communities.
- The Disability and Family Violence Practice Leader Initiative will be established and work to build capacity, strengthen linkages and provide guidance to deliver more inclusive, accessible and responsive services for adults, young people and children with disability, including across the NDIS interface.
What difference will we make?
This initiative will contribute to the National Outcomes that communities are safe and free from violence, that relationships are respectful, that Indigenous communities are strengthened and that services meet the needs of women and their children experiencing violence.
The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework was published in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, which outlined Victoria’s priorities in preventing and responding to family violence, why they matter, and what constitutes success. The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework is a whole of Government framework and is intended to ensure Victorian family violence reform efforts are focused on the actions that make a difference. The Victorian Government is progressing development of the framework, including through indicators and measures. In time, measurement and monitoring of Victorian family violence outcomes may also support reporting for the National Plan.
A monitoring plan for Everybody Matters will be developed in 2020-21. It will align with the Family Violence Outcomes Framework and monitor and track progress against the Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement and the subsequent Inclusion and Equity Action Blueprints (Rolling Action Plans).