Posted on 02. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update

Local councils are being invited to be a part of the Brumby Labor Government’s world-first plan to prevent violence against women.

Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand today called on councils to apply to be among the first ‘whole-of-community’ sites, who will work to tackle the underlying causes of violence against women.

“This $1.26 million pilot project is a major component of A Right to Respect, our Government’s 10-year plan to prevent violence against women,” Ms Morand said.

“A Right to Respect, which was launched by the Brumby Labor Government last November, is the first plan of its kind in the world, aiming to change attitudes which contribute to violence against women by working with whole communities and across all sectors of Government.

“We are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from councils to be one of three pioneering groups of three neighbouring councils, who will pilot a four-year program to build respectful, equitable and non-violent communities.

“More than half of Australian women experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and a woman is killed almost every week by a male partner or ex-partner, often post-separation.

“In Victoria, women and girls account for 77 per cent of reported family violence victims.

Minister for Local Government Richard Wynne said local councils could play a vital role in changing community attitudes about violence towards women by implementing programs across their local schools, sporting groups, workplaces, media and the arts and local government itself.

“This project provides a unique opportunity for councils to lead the way as part of this ground-breaking prevention plan to roll-out programs locally which will help change community attitudes,” he said.

“The aim will then be for these clusters of councils to mentor other councils in the third and fourth years of the project to expand successful projects across more than 20 councils statewide by 2014.”

Ms Morand said Victoria continued to lead the way in tackling violence against women.

“The Brumby Labor Government has committed $14.1 million to implement the first phase of A Right to Respect over four years,” she said.

“This brings the total investment in a range of reforms addressing violence against women since 2005 to $175 million.”

Councils have until December 17, 2010, to respond to the EOI, which can be found at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/women/womens-safety/prevention-plan

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