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Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement

Responsible government

  • Victoria

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 10 Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.

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, gender identity, age, ability, mental health, sexual orientation, culture, language, visa status, or religion.

  • The Victorian Government will provide $2.8 million between 2018–19 and 2021–22 to improve family violence responses for people with a disability.
  • The Victorian Government will provide $2.91 million 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.
  • 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 is being developed for release in 2019–20. This will include plans to improve family violence responses for people with a disability and for people who identify as LGBTIQ.

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 and evaluation framework for Everybody Matters will be developed in 2019–20. 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).

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