The 11th annual Walk Against Family Violence has taken place in Melbourne, with a raft of Victorians taking a collective stand against family violence.
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville praised representatives from Domestic Violence Victoria and Respect Victoria, as well as Victoria Police, the MFB, SES and Ambulance Victoria, who played a key role leading the walk.
The Walk kickstarts the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The campaign will see events all over Victoria, and the Respect Women: Call it Out advertising campaign will hit screens again to encourage Victorians to call sexual harassment out when they see it.
The walk was organised by safe steps and provided an opportunity for men to join women and children in solidarity, while acknowledging the important work of police and emergency services in tackling family violence in Victoria.
Police and emergency service vehicles led the walk and were decked out in orange as ambassador vehicles, in solidarity with the campaign to end family violence.
Victoria Police respond to a family violence incident every seven minutes on average – making it our number one law and order issue.
The Labor Government has delivered $2.9 billion to implement all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and deliver reforms that will keep women and children safe.
Reforms keeping women and children safe include support and safety hubs, perpetrator programs, new laws, specialist courts, relationships education in schools, and our world-first reform agenda – which includes implementing every recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The Labor Government has completed 143 of the Royal Commission’s 227 recommendations.
This has been supported by record funding of more than $3 billion for police, with 3,135 new frontline police, new police resources and stronger police powers and laws.
This investment includes 415 family violence specialists who are transforming Victoria Police’s approach to our number one law and order challenge.
Quote attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams
“This walk allows us to reflect on the incredible work everyone in the sector does to keep women and children safe from the scourge of family violence.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville
“The Walk Against Family Violence is an opportunity to take a stand against family violence in our community and acknowledge the incredible work our police and emergency services do tackling this issue.”