Respect Victoria’s new strategy paves the way for a shared approach to prevention

In 2023, family violence and violence against women continues at epidemic levels. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Respect Victoria is proud to launch our next strategic plan, showcasing how we will drive efforts to prevent this violence over the next five years. 

The strategy sets out prevention approaches that work, underpinned by the best available evidence.  

“Preventing violence against women and family violence is a challenge that belongs to every single Victorian,” said Respect Victoria CEO Emily Maguire. 

Preventing violence starts by addressing the culture that allows it to happen, and we must continue building the evidence on what we know works to keep driving change. 

“Challenging the attitudes and behaviours that drive violence must happen in our homes, workplaces, communities, relationships and friendships, sporting clubs, and anywhere that we live, work and play,” said Ms Maguire. 

In this next five-year strategy, Respect Victoria’s strategic vision remains clear - a Victoria where everyone is safe, equal, respected and lives free from family violence and violence against women. 

“This strategy positions us to collaborate and lead on prevention in Victoria, and to support evidence-informed primary prevention that will ultimately lead to cultural change across the community,” said Ms Maguire. 

Prevention is a monumental task, and it requires transformational social change – policy and legislative change can only take us so far. 

“We can’t do this alone. We encourage every single person in Victoria to join us in the movement to prevent violence against women, and to move towards a future where we are all safe, equal and respected.”

Read Respect Victoria’s 2023-28 Strategic Plan on the Respect Victoria website.