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Tackling family violence and gender inequality

19 April 2016  |  

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.

Published by under Family Violence, Health and Wellbeing

Health 2040 – VCOSS Submission to discussion paper on the future of healthcare in Victoria

2 November 2015  |  

VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback on the Health 2040 discussion paper on the future of the health system in Victoria. We envision a system where health is everyone’s business and is focused on preventing illness and ensuring all Victorians can achieve and maintain good health. The community sector has an important but sometimes unrecognized role in the health system, including by engaging marginalised communities and individuals, addressing the social determinants of health, delivering healthcare services directly and building community resilience that protects against and prevents poor health.

Published by under Health and Wellbeing

VCOSS Submission to the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families Safe Children

2 November 2015  |  

The Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children project is a chance to help strengthen vulnerable families and improve the wellbeing of children and young people, to reduce the numbers of children entering out-of-home-care and to provide better outcomes for vulnerable children and young people who are in care.

Published by under Children Young people and Families, Education and Training, Health and Wellbeing

2015 VCOSS Submission to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

31 August 2015  |  

Submission to the 2015 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2 Introduction VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 2015 re-opened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. This submission presents a range of issues and recommendations identified through consultation with VCOSS members and community sector organisations in Morwell affected by the Hazelwood fire.

Published by under Emergency Management, Essential Services, Health and Wellbeing, Justice and Human Rights