The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children recently launched in Melbourne will support early intervention programs, create campaigns on social media and back research on the best ways of reducing family and domestic violence.

Natasha Stott Despoja, former Australian Democrats leader, will head the foundation. Ms Stott Despoja said she will be looking at how we can prevent domestic violence before it occurs and speaking to community groups around Australia.

Julie Collins, Status of Women Minister, said that family violence takes an enormous personal cost on victims and their loved ones and costs Australia about $13 billion annually.

Victoria Police reported more than 50,000 domestic violence incidents last financial year.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence contact Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services for free, immediate and professional financial assistance, advice and support on 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415 9492 or complete our enquiry form at www.victimsofcrime.com.au or email: support@victimsofcrime.com.au

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