The Andrews Labor Government is helping stop family violence before it starts in Monbulk to better protect women and children.

A funding boost of $9 million will go towards almost 60 projects and initiatives across Victoria to drive gender equality, workplace respect and increased women’s participation in fields traditionally dominated by men.

State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino today welcomed the funding which includes a grant of $51,810 provided to Eastern Community Legal Centre. The Eastern Community Legal Centre is undertaking community based prevention to build capacity and raise awareness around the drivers of elder abuse, including the development of an innovative digital intervention strategy.

The Eastern Community Legal Centre also received $30,000 to build upon their existing Elder Abuse Prevention Network. This program will receive additional funding to help prevent elder abuse in the local community. This is all part of the behavior change advertising campaign recently launched by the Andrews Labor Government and Respect Victoria. This extra investment will provide support for print and online materials in the local area.

Other grants include $42,842 provided to Women’s Health East to deliver Voices for Equality and Respect: LGBTI Young People in the East. The project is researching and evaluating strategies around primary prevention family violence for LGBTI young people within the Eastern Metropolitan Region and co-designing resources for the youth and health sector to support prevention of violence within LGBTI relationships.

Family violence is a national emergency, with one woman murdered at the hands of a current or former partner every week. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.

When it comes to addressing family violence, Victoria has led the nation with a landmark Royal Commission that brought down 227 recommendations which we have committed to implementing.

We have so far invested $2.7 billion towards implementing these recommendations and keeping women and children safe – more than all the states, territories and the federal government combined.



Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP

“Bad attitudes towards women lead to bad outcomes for women, which is why I’m proud we’re investing in Monbulk to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.”

“We’re delivering landmark reforms to stamp out family violence and this funding to local organisations will help drive community change and bolster those efforts.”

“Family violence affects all areas – it’s critical to support community groups who are working to change attitudes.”

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