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Victorian Budget a landmark investment in addressing family violence

Published: 28 April 2016

The state government’s approach to addressing family violence in its budget will ensure that Victorian women have a better chance of being safe from violence, says Glenda Kerridge, President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

“This initial funding package will allow the most urgent recommendations to be implemented, including providing support for specialist family violence services and expanding the network of refuges, housing and accommodation options to keep women and children safe,” said Ms Kerridge.

“The funding will also provide intensive support to children affected by family violence and be used to reform the justice system to make sure that victims are better protected and perpetrators are held to account.”

Ms Kerridge said it was good to see that broader systemic and attitudinal change, which is so critical to addressing family violence, has also been also targeted for reform.

“The AASW represents professional social workers who practice extensively with victims of family violence and see firsthand the links between gender inequality and family violence, and how these are further exacerbated by inequalities such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality, and religion,” said Ms Kerridge.

“The proposed Gender Equality Strategy and other programs, including the Respectful Relationships Initiative that will be rolled out across the Victorian education system, represent positive steps toward the attitudinal change that is critical to creating a community that is a safe place for women and children.

“We commend the Victorian Government for delivering on its promise to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission.”

The Victorian Branch of the AASW represents over 2,500 professional social workers and is , Ms Kerridge says, committed to working alongside the Victorian Government to ensure that its significant investment converts the family violence royal commission’s recommendations into actions that protect Victorian women and children.

To organise an interview with Glenda Kerridge please contact Emma Pegrum, Media and Marketing Manager, on 02 6199 5011 or 0408 200 191.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers