Violence safety hub step closer

Health and Wellbeing Pillar

A new Barwon region support and safety hub for the protection of women and children from violence is a step closer following release of a concept report by the State Government.

The hub will be among the first of 17 to be launched across the state, following allocation of $448.1 million in the 2017-18 State Budget. They will provide contact points for survivors and give communities access to skilled workers with connections to the justice system and social services including housing.

Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children 2016-2020 is a G21 Health and Wellbeing pillar strategic plan.

Victorian Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings released a Support and Safety Hubs: A Statewide Concept report today (July 5), outlining how the Australian-first hubs will work, their scope, how people will access their services, who will work within them and how they will connect with agencies.

The State Government says the hubs will be the product of extensive consultation and engagement with victim survivors, family violence workers and other agencies as a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Mr Jennings has met with leading family violence practitioners at hubs in the UK to gain insights ahead of the Victorian rollout.

The State Government says more work will be completed during approaching months working with communities to finalise design structures for the new hubs.

Victoria’s first hubs will be established in Barwon, Bayside Peninsula, Inner Gippsland, Mallee and North-East Melbourne Department of Health and Human Services regions later this year.

“The 17 Support and Safety Hubs across the state will provide a new system of protection and support that will prevent family violence, protect victim survivors and make perpetrators accountable,” Mr Jennings said.

“The findings from the concept report and our meetings with similar agencies around the world will help inform our work.”

Source: A State Government media release.