The Andrews Labor Government is supporting local multicultural and faith communities to prevent family violence and violence against women.

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced $260,000 for IndianCare to deliver workshops on financial literacy, leadership and legal rights to women including recent migrants and new mothers.

The Sunshine-based project will address family violence and all forms of violence against women through innovative, culturally appropriate and tailored primary prevention and early intervention projects.

The program will provide financial literacy education to strengthen women’s skills to identify and address financial abuse in the context of family violence. It will also focus on community awareness and capacity building, peer education and connecting communities to specialist family violence services.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 delivered a further $521.6 million to end family violence and build a more equal future for women, including $3.2 million for gender equality programs that support women’s financial security, particularly women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Funding of $49 million will also go towards supporting all survivors of family violence and sexual assault and building the capacity of the state’s services to respond to diverse and faith communities.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Child Protection Gabrielle Williams

“We need to stop family violence before it starts – we’re investing to support multicultural and faith communities to lead their own prevention work and create change.”

“This crucial work is helping people live a safer and more equal life, regardless of their culture or faith.”

Quote attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“IndianCare’s important work is supporting women to build a brighter future for the community.”

“I commend IndianCare for their hard work and commitment.”