Bass MP, Brian Paynter called for an integrated strategy to prevent family violence occurring and to better protect and help its victims in Parliament.
The Victorian Coalition Government put together such a strategy, as set out in Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children 2012-2015. Many elements of this strategy were fully implemented during the term of the previous government, and further elements had been announced and were in the course of being implemented at the time of last year’s state election.
A range of prevention programs were implemented under the Coalitions Action Plan. This included investment in building the capacity of Victoria’s 79 local councils to undertake prevention activities.
One such project was the Challenge Family Violence initiative undertaken by the Shire of Cardinia, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong. Mr Paynter was a participant in the project and signed to pledge never to commit, excuse or ignore violence against women.
The funding for this program will run out in November 2015.
Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter MP, Member for Bass:
I am asking the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence to renew the funding for the Challenge Family Violence Program.
It makes no sense to be slashing funding to male-led initiatives such as Challenge Family Violence project at a time when the problem is getting worse.
As an Ambassador for White Ribbon and a father of three girls, I will not remain silent on the issue of family violence and men’s violence against women.
Over recent years there has been a growing recognition of the prevalence of family violence and of the devastating impact on its victims, principally woman and children.
We cannot wait until the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence are released. Approximately 36 women across Australia – 36 women – will lose their lives between now and when the Commission releases its report in February 2016.
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