Reducing family violence in Australian communities

Community organisations will work directly with men through culturally appropriate initiatives under the Morrison Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 plan.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said over the next three years $2.3 million would be added to the Plan to address the unique challenges in reducing family violence in some of our most at risk communities.

“Violence is violence no matter the cultural background or religious upbringing, and violence against family will not be tolerated, not now, not ever,” Mr Vasta said.

“These culturally appropriate initiatives funded under Men as Role Models will express this message to men and equip them with the tools to have a discussion rather than resort to violence.”

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said preventing violence before it occurred was the most effective way to break the cycle.

“Evidence indicates that Indigenous and migrant women and children experience disproportionately high rates of family violence,” Minister Ruston said.

“In order to make a long term difference in violence against women we must change attitudes to violence and to do this we must create opportunities for men within communities to be involved in their communities to be positive role models.

“Men have an essential role to play in our home, work and communities to reduce family violence.”

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