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A community's ability to recover from a disaster reflects the strength of its underlying functioning. 'Resilience Strategies' from cities around the world being released under the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program have a consistent message: inequality undermines the social cohesion necessary to create resilient communities.
Family violence devastates families and communities across Australia. One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and one in three have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15.1 Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children, and the broader community. Family violence is gendered in nature, overwhelmingly being perpetrated by men against women.2 Gender inequality and a belief in rigid gender roles are key determinants of violence against women, along with attitudes, behaviours, practices and systems that justify, excuse, trivialise or downplay violence against women. The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Federal Parliament’s Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality. In this submission VCOSS uses the term family violence, rather than domestic violence. This reflects our understanding that family violence is a broader term, encompassing violence between family members, as well as violence between intimate partners, and is particularly relevant in the context of Aboriginal women and children.
In this blog, VCOSS summarises some of the key funding and policy initiatives announced in today’s package, responding to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
In its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, VCOSS called the report “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”. VCOSS summarises some of the major recommendations contained in the report of the Royal Commission.
The economic costs of increased health-related, employment and community costs following a natural disaster are examined for the first time in a new report, The Economic Cost of the Social Impact of Natural Disasters.