Communities Working Together To Prevent Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a significant funding boost for community groups and organisations across the state to help put a stop to family violence.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson today announced a further $1.2 million for the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program.

A total of $3.85 million worth of grants now support partnerships between businesses, schools, workplaces and community groups to help drive local community action to prevent family violence and other forms of violence against women.

Successful applicants demonstrated innovative approaches to preventing family violence including:

  • A project training hairdressers to understand the links between gender inequality and family violence
  • A partnership working with male leaders in football clubs in Bendigo and Macedon
  • Primary prevention partnerships lead by women’s health services across the state
  • Promoting family safety partnerships in African communities
  • The ‘Liwurruk girls in the hood’ program, which is empowering Aboriginal women to take a stand against family violence.

Around 170 grant applications were received from organisations and partnerships from across the state, with 25 selected to receive a grant of up to $150,000 and nine to receive up to $50,000.

This grants program supports the ongoing investment and effort in Victoria to help end family violence and supports the key actions arising from Free from Violence: Victoria’s Prevention Strategy.

The Free From Violence strategy is an integral element of the Labor Government’s broader family violence system reform, fulfilling recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

A full list of successful applicants can be found at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson

 “We know communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence and violence against women – that’s why we’re investing in these partnerships.”

“Community organisations, businesses and sporting and social groups all play a crucial role in challenging the attitudes that lead to family violence. These projects will ensure prevention work reaches people at a local level”.

“Prevention will only be effective when the whole community is involved in changing attitudes and challenging the behaviours that can lead to family and gender-based violence.”