Media Release: EDVOS welcomes 10-year plan to end family violence
Tuesday 29th November, 2016
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) welcomes the latest commitment to boost integrated family violence services, announced in the recent Victorian Government 10-year plan.
The plan brings to life multiple Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) proposals that bolster access and support, including a state network of safety hubs, increased housing, extra family violence workers, tightened intervention order and bail processes, police training and state-wide primary prevention strategies.
“As the lead specialist family violence agency in Melbourne’s east, we are very pleased to see this Government honour its pledge to build on all 227 RCFV recommendations through new agencies, a more co-ordinated system and necessary primary prevention strategies,” said EDVOS Acting CEO, Gina Kennard.
“The plan will provide improved, timely and accessible support to everyone experiencing family violence in our region and across the state, women and children in particular.
“It also strengthens crucial justice and information sharing mechanisms that ensure perpetrators are held accountable,” she said.
In addition, the plan backs community-level initiatives to help schools, public hospitals, maternal and other health services to identify early warning signs and provide the right support and referrals.
“We see much value in a whole-of-community approach to help stop violence before it starts,” said Gina.
“Changing community attitudes and behaviours is vital and we applaud the commitment to do this through education around gender equality and respectful relationships.”
EDVOS looks forward to working with new and existing local, regional and state providers as well as Government partners to implement the 10-year plan.
“We enjoy strong relationships with existing sector agencies and organisations at state and community level, many of which are already close partners and collaborators.
“We commit to working across the family violence system to realise the plan objectives for our region.”
EDVOS is a child-focused and child safe organisation.
Media enquiries: Gina Kennard (Acting CEO, EDVOS) on 9259 4200 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern region, empowering women and children who are responding to family violence. They provide integrated support, information, case management, safety planning, community education, programs for pet safety and a strong network of referral pathways to other services. www.edvos.org.au EDVOS is a not-for-profit organisation, primarily funded the State Government of Victoria. EDVOS also receives grants and donations from other sources.
EDVOS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government