Respect Victoria CEO announces her departure

Respect Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tracey Gaudry to step down in May 2021.

Inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Respect Victoria Tracey Gaudry has announced that she will leave the organisation in May 2021

Tracey Gaudry was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Respect Victoria in 2018, bringing 25 years of community, advocacy and organisational experience. 

Under her leadership Respect Victoria has transformed a public commitment arising from Recommendation 188 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence to a well-regarded organisation driving public discussion, influencing opinions, and building a body of knowledge on which future prevention of family violence and violence against women action can be based.

Established under the Prevention of Family Violence Act 2018, Respect Victoria works to address the root causes of family violence and violence against women.  It leads on two pillars of Victoria’s Free from Violence strategy - research and evaluation, and community engagement.

Ms Gaudry has presided over transformative prevention campaigns many of which will be familiar to the public.  Most recently the Pride, Respect, Equality campaign explodes the silence around LGBTIQ+ family violence.  Other campaigns include Respect Women: ‘Call it Out’ (Public Transport) and Respect Older People ‘Call It Out’.

New research to build evidence about the drivers of family violence and effective prevention approaches, as well as new ways of collating and making available data, have also been put in place. Research has informed the prevention campaigns, there has been a deep dive into Victorian community attitudes towards violence against women data, along with investigation into the impact of COVID-19 on the primary prevention workforce and Victoria’s diverse communities. 

Excitingly, Respect Victoria is about to launch a unique Family Violence Data Platform for the state.  This will contain a set of data indicators to track Victoria’s progress towards the primary prevention of family violence and violence against women and make them available to all.

“It has been a privilege to work with an extraordinary team and Board, alongside community and family violence organisations, government agencies and Ministers’ Hutchins and Williams over the past three years. I could not be more proud of the collective dedication to create a vision and to then make Respect Victoria a reality as a key component of Victoria’s primary prevention of family violence and violence against women reform agenda,” said Ms Gaudry.

“Nevertheless” she says, “having managed the myriad of challenges in establishing Respect Victoria to a stage where it can confidently progress, it is now time for the organisation and myself to transition to a new phase”.

“Tracey has been an articulate and passionate advocate of equality and respect for all Victorians,” said Melanie Eagle, Chair of the Respect Victoria Board. 

“Her time at the helm of the organisation has been marked particularly by her dedication to the task and commitment to building strong foundations from which it can grow to have increased impact. These achievements are readily apparent with the Strategic Plan developed at the outset and implemented over the past three years, and the delivery of a solid program of campaign material while also generating a forward-thinking research agenda.

“On behalf of the Board, we thank Tracey for her tireless dedication during this critical establishment phase of the organisation and wish her every success for the future. 

“Recruitment for a replacement Chief Executive Officer is currently underway.  Amy Prendergast from Respect Victoria will assume the role of Acting CEO,’’ Ms Eagle said.