The Victorian Government is aiming to do its part to protect victims of family violence by boosting programs that encourage perpetrators to change their attitudes and behaviour.
Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos recently announced the release of a new and enhanced men’s behaviour change program model, alongside more than $9.1million for additional places in men’s behaviour change programs and $2.3million for men’s intake and referral services.
This investment will support the delivery of more than 4000 community-based men’s behaviour change places in 2018-19 — an increase of more than 500 places state-wide — to be delivered by 32 community organisations.
The new model, developed in consultation with No to Violence and Domestic Violence Victoria, responds to key recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and includes:
●increasing behaviour change program duration from 12 to 20 weeks;
●additional support for victims, survivors and their families;
●ensuring all family violence workers are able to share vital information with partner community services, such as specialist victims agencies; and
●greater co-ordination with the broader community services sector.
The government has invested an additional $150000 in No to Violence to help transition service providers to the new model and will support workforce development by funding 30 places in this year’s Graduate Certificate in Male Family Violence.
This investment is part of the government’s unprecedented $1.9billion package announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget to address the scourge of family violence.