City of Wodonga


State funding supports Wodonga family violence project

Wodonga Council has received $130,000 from the Victorian Government to support initiatives to prevent family violence in the city.

The council was one of 34 groups which received funding under the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention program, which 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 council’s project – Preventing family violence in Wodonga: A collective impact and systems approach – will include the appointment of an officer to work with partners though a series of community workshops to gain an understanding of factors driving and reinforcing family violence in Wodonga.

This information will guide the development of local programs and campaigns to educate and raise awareness in the community.

The project will work to gain insight into family violence and its causes in Wodonga to develop a community-wide plan for action to tackle the issue.

Wodonga Council Chief Executive Officer Patience Harrington said the council had been actively working in this area for several years, holding a series of awareness events including the cross-border White Ribbon Ball.

“Last year, the council adopted the Safety, Inclusion and Equity Strategy which identified the prevention of violence against women and children as a key area for action as well as the Wodonga charter for prevention of violence against women,” Ms Harrington said.

“As a local leader in our community, the council has an important role in leading cultural and behavioural change and building the capacity of our people to work to end violence against women.”

In November 2016, the council co-ordinated a meeting with key stakeholders including Victoria Police, support agencies and service providers with a commitment to forming a local prevention of family violence taskforce which will play a key role in this project.

“Research indicates that the best way to address a complex issue such as family violence is through community actions, where the local community, local knowledge and local resources all contribute to addressing the problem,” Ms Harrington said.

“We recognise that preventing violence against women and children requires a long-term plan to shift the beliefs and values that span generations and lead to family violence.

“This project will establish a platform for which action can be undertaken on this important issue for years to come.”

Last updated: 02-06-2017

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