(i) The submission from the VEOHRC focuses on three key recommendations:
1. Changes to the Equal Opportunity Act to insert the new protected attribute of victim/survivor of family violence.
Evidence shows that workplaces are a key setting in the primary prevention of violence against women just as accessible, safe and affordable housing is another essential enabler to survivors leaving a violent situation. A change to the Equal Opportunity Act would give victims and survivors rights and serve as a proactive tool in encouraging and prompting employers and accommodation providers to address discriminatory policy and practice.
2. Dedicated family violence leave to be included in the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
3. All Victorian public authorities to complete, with assistance from the VEOHRC, a Human Rights Impact Statement to ensure its practices relating to family violence are compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
(ii) A Joint Statement: Getting serious about change: the building blocks for effective primary prevention of men's violence against women in Victoria
This submission draws on the significant expertise of signature organisations: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; CASA Forum Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault; Domestic Violence Victoria; Multicultural Centre for Women's Health; No To Violence; Our Watch; Women with Disabilities Victoria; Women's Health Association of Victoria and Women's Health Victoria.
The statement highlights and identifies gender inequality as a key driver of men's violence against women and canvasses a range of preventative approaches needed to achieve measurable change.