Free from Violence Local Government Program recipients announced

Twelve local councils from across Victoria will use grants to support long-term family violence prevention initiatives.
13 February 2024

The Victorian Government is providing these grants, in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria and Local Government Victoria, because local councils play a vital role in leading change towards gender equality and prevention of family violence.

The grants will support long-term family violence prevention initiatives at all levels of local government activity, including in workplaces, policies and the services councils deliver to communities.

The 12 local government recipients from metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria include: 

Knox City Council, who will engage dads and father figures in preventing family violence and help local businesses understand the role they can play in preventing violence against women.

Wellington Shire Council will deliver training to council staff on calling out the attitudes and behaviours that drive violence, including working with maternal and child health nurses and early year educators.

And Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will develop resources to support staff to better understand what drives family violence.
The full list of recipients: 

  • Benalla City Council 
  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Darebin  
  • Corangamite Shire Council 
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Hindmarsh City Council 
  • Horsham Rural City Council 
  • Knox City Council
  • La Trobe City Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council 
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council 
  • Wellington Shire Council 

For more information visit the Free from Violence Local Government Program webpage on the Local Government website.