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Vic family violence levy being considered

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Angus Livingston

Victoria is considering a levy to fund its campaign to end family violence in the next 10 years.

The state has also set an ambitious target of reducing the number of women and children dying due to family violence to zero.

"How can you say one death is okay? So I think that has to be our aim and that has to be our vision," former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty told reporters on Thursday.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday launched the state's 10-year plan to end family violence and said funding arrangements would be clearer in March.

"We are actively looking, we're looking very closely at a levy," Mr Andrews told reporters.

"We all pay a price for family violence now.

"The notion that it's not costing all of us in terms of dignity, safety, tragedy, but also lost productivity, the work of services that are funded by the government now through taxes that are paid by Victorians."

Victoria's family violence royal commission recommended the state find a new funding source to pay for family violence support, taking the sector out of the boom-and-bust cycle of government spending.

"(The levy) is still being actively considered. We'll have more to say about that in March," Mr Andrews said.

The premier also acknowledged some of the targets in the strategy were "very ambitious".

"If 45 Victorians were killed by complete strangers we would be quick to act," he said.

There is no specific timeline for reaching the zero deaths target, but it's listed as a long-term goal.

Mr Andrews said new technology would mean support workers would no longer need to rely on fax machines.

"The fact I need to announce that is a commentary on how far we need to come," Mr Andrews said.

An ad campaign aimed at changing community attitudes will also run for a number of years.

Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack said advocates wanted bipartisan support for the family violence plan.

"We're very keen to see the Liberal party and the Nationals come out to match what the Victorian government has offered," she said.

But opposition family violence spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said non-Labor MPs were deliberately excluded from Thursday's launch.

"If Daniel Andrews was truly sincere about reducing family violence he wouldn't be playing these divisive games," Ms Crozier said.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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