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MEDIA RELEASES


Senate inquiry was a missed opportunity

May 20, 2020

Central Victoria’s leading specialist family violence service says a senate committee tasked with examining domestic violence in Australia has missed an opportunity to address how governments can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children, as set out in the terms of reference.

The Senate referred an inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and their children to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee in February, following the deaths of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke and her three children in February.

The committee was given six months to examine the issue, but this week delivered the report three months ahead of schedule - and without input from the domestic and family violence sector.

Read the full press release: 

Senate inquiry was a missed opportunity


Centre for Non-Violence welcomes COVID-19 funding

May 7, 2020

Centre for Non-Violence today welcomes the Victorian government’s commitment of extra funding to support specialist family violence response services to respond to COVID-19.

Support for victim/survivors of family violence will be further strengthened through additional funding for phone-based and online responses and outreach support.  

The funding will also assist specialist family violence case management services to deliver crisis response, including addressing costs associated with support such as housing and emergency accommodation, transport, personal safety responses, medical costs and material aid.

The funds will also assist Centre for Non-Violence to respond to changes in service delivery as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Read the full press release: 

Centre for Non-Violence welcomes funding to support women and children seeking safety




Centre for Non-Violence says 'you are not alone'

May 4, 2020

Central Victoria’s specialist domestic and family violence response service, Centre for Non-Violence, is concerned by a drop in the number of calls to support services since the outbreak of Covid-19.

CNV chief executive officer Margaret Augerinos says it is always difficult to know the true number of domestic violence victims, but the silence during this global pandemic is telling.

“Because we are being asked to socially distance and remain at home unless it is essential to go out, women have limited opportunities to make calls away from their abuser, or access services,’’ she said.

“We have seen fewer calls, but many of those coming are in the high-risk category – which means women are not in a position to be able to reach out for the help they need until they are in crisis.

“This is not what we want. We want to reach those women before the abuse or violence escalates.”

Centre for Non-Violence will next week start an advertising campaign across television, radio and social media – with the message ‘you are not alone’.  

Read the full press release:

Centre for Non-Violence says 'you are not alone'


Centre for Non-Violence welcomes Operation Ribbon  

April 21, 2020

Central Victoria’s specialist family violence service, Centre for Non-Violence, welcomes today’s commitment by Victoria Police to actively check in on those at high risk of family violence. 

 Victoria Police has announced Operation Ribbon, which will see specialist Family Violence Investigation Units across the state contact those assessed as being at high risk of further family violence. 

 Police will also be conducting compliance checks with perpetrators. 

 Centre for Non Violence chief executive officer, Margaret Augerinos, says Operation Ribbon is a positive and proactive step by Victoria Police, in ‘ensuring they’re keeping an eye on some of the most high-risk cases’. 

Read the full press release:

Centre for Non-Violence welcomes Operation Ribbon


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You are not alone campaign

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IN THE NEWS


May 12, 2020

Our general manager of client services spoke with Keeshia and Tim  on Hit91.9FM radio about how Centre for Non-Violence can help victim/survivors of family violence - and how you can help someone who is experiencing violence or abuse.

You can listen, here:

You are not alone - radio interview


May 8, 2020

"Family violence is a national emergency, and the numbers the police quoted attest to that."

Read more in the Bendigo Advertiser, here:

Centre for Non-Violence welcomes funding for family violence response during COVID-19


May 7, 2020

“The abuse hasn't stopped, but women's ability to reach out to make contact with support services is impacted."

Our CEO Margaret Augerinos spoke with Suzanne Donisthorpe on Castlemaine Main FM's Hear Say.  

You can listen, here:

Hear Say - Centre for Non-Violence


May 7, 2020

“We know it takes courage to seek help if you are living in fear."

Read more in the Riverine Herald, here:

You are not alone, domestic violence service says


May 4, 2020

"We want women to know we are here and they can talk to us about what is happening."

Read more in the Bendigo Advertiser, here:

Worrying drop in calls prompts Centre for Non-Violence campaign: 'You are not alone'


May 4, 2020

"You are not alone."

Our CEO spoke spoke with Robbo at Gold Central Victoria.  You can listen, here:

You are not alone - Gold Central Victoria


April 22, 2020

"Anything we can do to reach those who are most vulnerable or at risk at this time, is positive."

Read more in the Bendigo Advertiser, here:

Central Victorian family violence services support increase in Victoria Police checks