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Government targets young men to prevent violence

Kat Wong -

An innovative service for young men is aimed at stemming violence against women.

Five Australian women have been killed in the last 12 days and more than 50 murdered since the beginning of 2023.

Ending violence against women and children in one generation requires addressing its root causes, Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said.

"Violence against women and children is not inevitable," she said in a statement on Friday.

"We need men and women, businesses, schools, sports clubs - every part of our community - to work hand-in-hand with us."

First Nation women are 34 times more likely to experience violence and six times more likely to be murdered as a result of family violence.

In response, the federal and Victorian governments have committed $650,000 over the next three years to family violence support service Dardi Munwurrow.

The brother-to-brother phone line takes calls from young, First Nations men struggling with family or domestic violence, parenting, drugs or alcohol, relationships and any other issues.

With Aboriginal men and elders staffing the line, callers will have access to culturally safe service and advice.

The extra funding also allows Indigenous boys as young as 10 to access help and could be used to explore text or chat services.

The government has allocated a total $27 million over five years in an effort to address underlying causes of violence and intervene early.

"We're taking immediate and practical steps to support victim-survivors of family and domestic violence and address perpetrator behaviour so the focus is not always on victim-survivors," Ms Rishworth said.

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

Lifeline 13 11 14

13YARN 13 92 76

Aboriginal Counselling Services 0410 539 905

Kat Wong - AAP

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