The state government is turning to regional and rural communities for their “innovative” moves to combat violence against women and children.
Victoria’s minister for the prevention of violence against women told Bendigo residents on Thursday she envisaged a world where daughters would be given the same opportunity as sons.
She said regional and rural organisations had been resourceful and “at the coalface” of the pervasive issue.
“Tragically, rural and regional women suffer higher rates of family violence,” Ms Richardson said.
One in 1000 victims suffer family violence outside of Melbourne, compared to one in 1500 in the city.
“Geographical isolation contributes to the challenge,” she said, citing stigma, lack of privacy and strained resources.
Ms Richardson is hosting a series of round table events with local councils and thanked Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards for being a “champion” in the field.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or sexual assault, phone 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.