Support service guidelines launched -

June 28, 2017

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commissioner Kristen Hilton.

New guidelines aimed at improving access to family violence support services for people from marginalised backgrounds were launched last week.

Off the back of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission published a guideline focused on improving access to support for those from traditionally marginalised communities, including indigenous, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex and rural and regional communities.

VEOHR commissioner Kristen Hilton said those from diverse backgrounds were particularly at risk of facing barriers to support when experiencing domestic violence.

‘‘Family violence is a widespread and systemic human rights issue that continues to have devastating impacts on many families and our whole community,’’ Ms Hilton said.

‘‘Our guidelines provide practical and useful advice for services on how to prevent discrimination.

‘‘They include case studies, links to toolkits and resources to help service providers understand the law and what they can do to prevent discrimination.’’

The guidelines were developed in consultation with 55 stakeholder organisations, agencies and departments.

■Download a copy of the guidelines and educational resources at www.human

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