Family violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia.
It is a leading cause of issues that we see across our services such as poverty, homelessness, and physical and mental health problems.
Family violence is fostered by a culture in which there is inequality between men and women. While men experience family violence, the majority of victims are women.
It causes inexcusable physical, emotional, spiritual and financial damage, particularly to women and children.
We might think of family violence as mainly occurring between partners, but it comes in many other forms too. It could be violence between other family members or violence perpetrated by carers against the elderly or people living with a disability.
While the contributing factors are complex and will take generations to fully address, we believe this violence is preventable and must be eradicated.
Reducing and preventing family violence requires prevention, early intervention and crisis responses. These approaches will be outlined in the Uniting Vic.Tas family violence policy paper to be published in December 2018. Some of the top priorities include:
- Increased funding for interventions such as parenting programs and a healthy relationships curriculum in schools
- Adopting a universal ‘First to Know, First to Act’ model for service providers to identify and respond appropriately to family violence
- Increasing federal funding to support access to legal aid, information and support services
- Ensuring adequate options for safe and affordable housing for women and children
- Delivering the Royal Commission recommendations
In 2018 we have been focusing on three policy issues that have close links to family violence:
If you are experiencing family violence, please call Safe Steps on (03) 9322 3555 or toll free 1800 015 188 (not free from mobile)