Premier visits McAuley House to launch Free from Violence

What better place for the Premier of Victoria to launch the next step to build a state free from violence than McAuley House? In May, the Premier Daniel Andrews and Ministers Marsha Thompson and Gavin Jennings visited McAuley House to launch a Primary Prevention Strategy as part of the Family Violence Rolling Action Plan.     

Free from Violence: Victoria’s Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women
sets out the path for all Victorians to experience equality and respect in their homes, workplaces and communities.

The Primary Prevention Strategy, an investment of $1.9 million, will help create 17 support and safety hubs across the state, five specialist family violence courts and a family violence prevention agency.

“The visit gave us a chance to thank the Premier and some of his Ministers for their support to McAuley Community Services for Women’s family violence and homelessness services over the years,” CEO Jocelyn Bignold said.

McAuley House, Victoria’s $11 million first purpose built accommodation and support hub for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, was funded through the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and the Andrews Labor Government.

“We know that funding and policy uncertainty is harmful to services and undermines the effectiveness of what we do, so it was pleasing to be able to talk directly with the Premier and Ministers about the importance of funding, and the roll out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence,” Joce said.

McAuley Community Services for Women has received funding from the first injection of money by the Andrews Labor Government following the Royal Commission’s findings. Women assisted through McAuley Care have been supported into rapid rehousing, followed up through outreach, and have directly benefited from family support packages.

The Premier met with several women residents who told him about their experiences of family violence and homelessness, and how McAuley House was transforming their lives.

Caption: Premier Daniel Andrews discusses the strategy with CEO Jocelyn Bignold.