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Free From Violence – First Action Plan 2018–2021; and building the capacity of diverse communities

Responsible government

  • Victoria

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 2 Improve coordination across primary prevention activities to maximise their impact on community attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
    • 3 Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 19 Build the evidence base to inform responses to domestic, family and sexual violence by strengthening the focus on what works to reduce violence, improving data and supporting the Fourth Action Plan priorities.

What are we doing?

The Free From Violence First Action Plan 2018–2021 commits government to five priority areas to prevent family violence:

  1. build prevention structures and systems
  2. research and evaluate
  3. innovate and inform
  4. scale up and build on what we know
  5. engage and communicate with the community.

The First Action Plan outlines and provides funding to short- and long-term initiatives to build the evidence‑base, infrastructure, and systems to prevent family violence and to implement the ten-year plan Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change.

Complementing Free From Violence, the Victorian Government is also delivering a $15 million – including about $7.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 (details below) – family violence prevention and gender equality work package that specifically targets and supports culturally and linguistically diverse and faith communities.

The Victorian Government will provide $50.8 million over four years to fund Free From Violence First Action Plan 2018–2021, initiatives under the plan with additional Fourth Action Plan actions include:

Initiative Fourth Action Plan Actions
Investment in community-based programs across sport, advertising, local government and in other settings that challenge harmful gender stereotypes and address the gendered drivers of violence against women. Specific initiatives include:

  • Aboriginal Family Violence Primary Prevention Innovation Fund
  • Free from Violence Innovation Fund
  • Primary prevention activities in tertiary education settings – TAFES and Universities
  • Prevention workforce Capacity building and sector development
  • Primary prevention activities in antenatal and postnatal settings
  • Arts based primary prevention programs
  • Advance gender equality and respect for women through effective primary prevention initiatives.
  • Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
Primary Prevention Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
  • Improve coordination across primary prevention activities to maximise their impact on community attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
Elder Abuse prevention networks (10 networks)
  • Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
Bystanders for Primary Prevention Program
  • Prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment before it happens through national and targeted initiatives that promote informed consent, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships
Tailored support for culturally and linguistically diverse and faith communities
Investment of $7.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund community-led prevention projects in culturally diverse and faith-based communities, delivered through six programmatic streams:

  • Safer and Stronger Communities Pilot
  • Addressing family violence in faith settings
  • Culturally responsive service development
  • Innovating and testing what works
  • Raising awareness of family violence
  • Building the leadership of African communities to prevent family violence
  • Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended for.
  • Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.
  • Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.

What have we achieved so far?

Key achievements in Year One (2018) include:

  • Expanding partnerships across government, the prevention sector and community-led organisations, including across Aboriginal and diverse communities.
  • Piloted approaches that test what works to implement tailored and community-led primary prevention initiatives, including in culturally diverse and faith-based communities
  • Strengthening prevention structures and systems, including building the capabilities of the prevention workforce.
  • Supported the capacity development of ethno-specific and faith-based organisations to promote gender equality and implement culturally relevant prevention activities.
  • Contributing to an evidence base for the primary prevention of family violence and all forms of violence against women, through research and by testing new and innovative approaches.
  • Implementation of behaviour change campaigns which raise community awareness at local and state-wide levels, such as Respect Victoria’s ‘Call it Out’ campaigns. Supported awareness raising across culturally diverse and faith communities in regard to what constitutes and causes family violence and violence against women.
  • Began to improve identification of family violence and safe responses to victim survivors within diverse communities and promote supported access to family violence services.

What is next?

The Free From Violence First Action Plan 2018–2021 is the first in a three-staged approach to delivering a ten-year Free from Violence Strategy. Priorities for year two of the First Action Plan and beyond will focus on expanding on the initiatives and partnerships that are proven to deliver results.

  • A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is under development to support the Victorian Government and partners to guide monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities, that is founded on the Free from Violence Outcomes Framework and provides clear and transparent information about progress. To account for the diversity, scope and complexity of actions and initiatives under the First Action Plan, this is an iterative and multifaceted process.
  • Maintain partnerships across Victoria and continue coordination of primary prevention activity and strengthening the workforce.
  • Build the evidence base on addressing family violence and all forms of violence against women in Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse and faith communities by supporting community-led initiatives.
  • Scale up primary prevention initiatives that are demonstrating promising practice through monitoring and evaluation activities.

What difference will we make?

The Free From Violence First Action Plan 2018–2021 contributes to a growing body of evidence on what works to prevent violence in different communities and lays the foundations for the community-level partnerships and leadership capacity that is required to create and sustain long-term change. The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework is a whole of government framework focused on ensuring that all of Victoria’s reform initiatives are focused on actions that make a difference. The outcomes under the Framework are:

  • All Victorians experience respectful relationships underpinned by human rights and gender equality
  • Victorians do not tolerate family violence
  • Victorians hold beliefs and attitudes that reject gender inequality and family violence
  • Women and men, and girls and boys, are equal.

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