LODDON MALLEE

REGIONAL PRIORITIES

Loddon Mallee Regional Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

The Loddon Mallee Regional Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (the RAP) is currently being developed. The Loddon Mallee RAP is one of nine plans being developed across Victoria to create whole of community regional collaboration to prevent violence against women.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) is coordinating the development of the RAP with funding from the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Justice and Regulation.

Over the last six months consultations and forums have been held in the Mallee district and a major conference was run in Bendigo. A consultation workshop was held in Bendigo on 28 May to build on the earlier consultation. The workshop brought together leaders and change-makers from a broad range of services, government agencies, peak bodies and community and sporting groups.

The focus of this session was on primary prevention: addressing the underlying determinants of violence against women. We will also consider how can we best coordinate and collaborate in this work across sectors and communities.

The RAP will be finalised and released in October 2015 and will provide a guiding framework for organisations to undertake individual and collaborative work to address the underlying determinants of violence against women in Loddon Mallee.