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State election 2010: a DV debrief

State election 2010: a DV debrief

In the lead-up to November’s Victorian state election, domestic violence services in Victoria campaigned for a great investment in children’s safety and wellbeing, a more sustainable workforce and a long term version for family violence reform. The campaign was led by Victoria's peak body for domestic violence: Domestic Violence Victoria.

Media interest

During the course of the election campaign there was a lot of media interest generated in the issues we raised, particularly the issue of lack of funding to enable children’s recovery from living with family violence. Several media outlets have indicated ongoing interest in this issue, and we intend to continue to raise the campaign’s key asks and family violence issues generally. DV Vic CEO Fiona McCormack was interviewed during the past fortnight by the following media outlets:

The campaign was also referred to in the:

  • The Australian
  • The Australian Financial Review

Other media comment on domestic violence issues

This media presence also lead DV Vic to comment in the media on a couple of other pertinent issues, namely:

  • the recent adoption of family violence employment clauses by the Surf Coast Shire, and
  • the Coalition’s proposed Bill to extend mandatory reporting of child abuse into the home: eg The Australian 24 November 2010

What now?

DV Vic will write to the new Government Ministers when they are announced and seek meetings as early as possible. We’ll be taking our expectations to them that the family violence reforms stay on track - that commitment to the major policy initiatives such as the prevention agenda and the ten-year plan is imperative as is retention of existing mechanisms such as the Interdepartmental Committee on FV and the Statewide FV Advisory group. The Coalition did not release a family violence policy in the lead up to the election despite requests to Shadow Ministers and candidates that they announce the party’s formal position.

ASU Pay Equity case

The Coalition did commit to fund the outcomes of the ASU Pay Equity. However, we understand that their commitment was to $200 million over four years as opposed to the ALP’s promise of $450 million per annum. As this is issue is of critical importance to the future sustainability of the FV sector we will vigorously advocate on this with our community sector partners, VCOSS and the union in the coming months.

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