GATEWAY Health and the Centre Against Violence have received $344,800 in State Government funding to extend behavioural changes programs to help prevent domestic violence.
The cash is part of a $9.1 million suite announced by Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, to allow more men to access these programs.
According to the Crime Statistics Agency, there were 471 family violence incidents recorded by police in the Wangaratta area last year, down from 522 last year.
A rise in reported incidents can often be attributed to victims feeling more empowered to seek help.
Gateway Health offers an intensive, one on one behavioural change program to help men who perpetrate violence against women to take responsibility for their actions and make positive changes to their actions.