The Andrews Labor Government will deliver a vital program to protect women and children at a higher risk of family violence across Victoria including in Gippsland.
High impact Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs) will operate in Outer Gippsland (East Gippsland and Wellington Shire) and Inner Gippsland (Latrobe City, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires).
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos believes RAMPs save lives and stresses the importance of implementing the program.
“RAMPs save lives”, Ms Mikakos said.
“When agencies come together to share vital information, women and children at serious risk of family violence do not fall through the cracks. That’s why we are rolling them out across the state.”
RAMPs bring together professionals from specialist women’s family violence services, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, housing, mental health, alcohol and drug services, men’s family violence services, Child FIRST and child protection.
These local experts share critical information about specific cases of women and their children at serious and imminent threat from family violence and develop co-ordinated action plans to protect them.
Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria highly commends the proposed program.
“Tackling the scourge of family violence in Gippsland requires a coordinated approach and women and children at serious risk of harm will be safer thanks to this program.”
According to Ms Shing, the Labor Government has announced $9 million in funding over four years to specialist family violence agencies to fund RAMP coordinators and flexible brokerage funding.
The Andrews Government’s implementation of RAMPs was a recommendation that came out of the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty and from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.