About the grants

From 2012-15, the Community Crime Prevention Program included a grants program targeted at community-based partnerships to help reduce violence against women and their children.

The Victorian Government’s Reducing Violence against Women and their Children (RVAWC) Grants program supported and enhanced partnerships between relevant agencies at a local level to work to reduce violence against women and their children. Eight regional projects were funded through the program, as well as four prevention and early intervention projects in Victorian Koori communities through Koori Community Safety Grants.  

The program also aimed to help build the evidence base for primary prevention and early intervention initiatives focused on addressing the issue.

RVAWC funded projects

Gippsland regional preventing violence against women strategy

Hume regional preventing violence against women strategy

United: Working together to prevent violence against women in the west
Western metropolitan region

Act @ Work
Grampians region

Loddon Mallee Takes a Stand

CHALLENGE Family Violence
Southern metropolitan region

Baby Makes 3
Eastern metropolitan region

Baby Makes 3 Plus

Koori Community Safety Grants funded projects

Family and Community Violence Prevention Project
Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Mildura and Swan Hill

Aboriginal Family Harmony Project
Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative
Greater Shepparton

Strong Men, Strong Communities
Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health
East Gippsland

Strong Relationships, Strong Community
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
North Metro Melbourne (focus on Darebin Local Government Area)

Program evaluation

Our Watch completed an overall review of the outcomes and lessons learned from the RVAWC program.

The full evaluation report focuses on the RVAWC grants program and the eight regional projects. The report:

  • provides an accessible overview of the funded projects, a discussion of their consolidated implementation successes and lessons learned, and an exploration of the effectiveness of the RVAWC grants program
  • determines the contribution of the RVAWC grants program and the projects it funded to the evidence base to inform future programming and practice in primary prevention.

summary report is also available, which provides a snapshot of the key outcomes and lessons learned from the RVAWC program and the eight regional projects.

Individual project evaluation reports can also be requested by contacting communitycrimeprevention@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

Further information

To learn more about the underlying causes and primary prevention of violence against women, see: