On Wednesday 1 August, doors to Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency, Respect Victoria, were officially opened by the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP.
 L-R: Tracey Gaudry (CEO), The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Melanie Eagle (Chair).
L-R: Tracey Gaudry (CEO), The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Melanie Eagle (Chair).

Minister Hutchins took this opportunity to announce the organisation’s inaugural Chair and Chief Executive Officer – Melanie Eagle and Tracey Gaudry.

Melanie Eagle is currently the CEO of Hepatitis Victoria and is a former Mayor of the City of St Kilda. Tracey Gaudry joins Respect Victoria with 25 years in community, sporting and organisational leadership roles. A dual Olympian, Ms Gaudry was CEO of Hawthorn Football Club – the first woman to serve in the role – and CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation.

Both Eagle and Gaudry acknowledged that Respect Victoria will not achieve its vision of a Victoria free from violence without the knowledge and expertise of those who have led this work for decades, specifically recognising the more recent work undertaken by victim survivors of family violence.

Legislation to establish Respect Victoria as an independent statutory authority is currently in front of parliament, with further announcements to follow.

For more information on the work of Respect Victoria, visit www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au

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