Domestic violence services enter the election campaign
In the lead-up to November’s state election, Domestic Violence Victoria (DVVic), the peak body for women and children’s family violence services, has worked with its members to develop an election platform. DVRCV actively supports this campaign.
It is calling for current parliamentarians and state candidates to commit to:
An investment in children’s safety and wellbeing
- Greater investment in children’s support and recovery programs based in specialist family violence agencies.
- Children’s co-case management positions to be provided across the state, to ensure intensive and coordinated responses to children.
A long-term vision for family violence reform
- A commitment to implement the recommendations from:
- A Right to Safety and Justice: Strategic framework to guide continuing family violence reform in Victoria 2010–2020
- A Right to Respect: Victoria’s plan to prevent violence against women 2010–2020, and
- Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities – Ten year plan
The sustainability of the family violence workforce
- Investment in the family violence workforce to address current and projected skill shortages.
- A commitment to fully fund the outcomes of the ASU’s Pay Equity Case, which, if successful, will guarantee fair wages for professionals who support women and children experiencing family violence.
How will the candidates respond?
DVVic has sent a survey to the candidates in each of the electorates asking them to commit to these strategies. We'll keep you posted on how the candidates respond.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on 25 November. Join us in Federation Square for the Not 1 More event, and promote awareness of domestic violence and homicide. We hope candidates will use this as an opportunity to announce commitments before the election. For information contact DVVic on 9921 0828.