Three years on: Respect Victoria reaffirms its commitment to family violence prevention

Three years of primary prevention work in Victoria.

This week marks the third anniversary of the establishment of Respect Victoria, a key recommendation from the landmark Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“The Victorian Government established Respect Victoria to drive lasting change focusing on the prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women,” said Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams.

“Respect Victoria has gone on to deliver research and behaviour change campaigns that help create a Victoria where everybody is safe, equal and respected.”

Respect Victoria has recently launched several critical research projects focusing on the primary prevention of family violence as related to LGBTIQ+ communities and parents, older Victorians, and family violence practitioners. This research is representative of the organisation’s commitment to building the evidence base needed to inform the prevention of family violence.

“Three years on, Respect Victoria is incredibly proud of the ground-breaking and critical work we are continuing to do across research and evidence-building, policy and advocacy, and behaviour change campaigns,” said Respect Victoria incoming Chair, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon. 

“The organisation has delivered four significant public behaviour change campaigns over the past year alone, including the world first Pride, Respect, Equality campaign, developed to encourage Victorians to support, respect and celebrate LGBTIQ+ family members.

"We are proud of the organisation's achievements to date and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of inaugural chair Melanie Eagle and other departing board members as their three-year terms come to a close, " said Dr Fitz-Gibbon.

The organisation continues to advocate for a focus on primary prevention at all levels of government, with recent work focusing on the importance of centring prevention solutions in the next National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children.

Acting CEO, Amy Prendergast said: “We know that the prevention of family violence cannot be approached as one-size fits all, and we are committed to working in close partnership with other organisations and alongside communities to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that underpin violence.”

“We thank all of our partners and supporters who continue to walk alongside and support us in this journey.” 

“Our work is dedicated to all victim-survivors of family violence and to those whose lives have been taken from them. We keep forefront in our minds those who are experiencing family violence today, and our work is dedicated to them,” added Ms Prendergast.