The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Unit supports the Minister for Police and Emergency Services as the lead minister for coordinating the Victorian Government’s efforts to counter violent extremism.
The work of the CVE Unit has emerged from two streams: the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Taskforce (the Taskforce) and the Expert Panel on Terrorism and Violent Extremism Prevention and Response Powers (the Expert Panel).
The Taskforce was established in 2015 to strengthen social cohesion and build community resilience to prevent violent extremism. The Taskforce approved the Strategic Framework to Strengthen Victoria’s Social Cohesion and the Resilience of its Communities to further strengthen Victoria’s social cohesion and build and empower resilient communities to prevent the development of racial, ethnic and religious intolerance that can lead to violence.
In 2017 the Victorian Government appointed an Expert Panel, led by former Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Hon David Harper to examine Victoria’s ability to prevent, monitor, investigate and respond to terrorism. The government accepted in principle all 42 recommendations of the Expert Panel.
The CVE Unit is responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of the government’s response to the Expert Panel’s recommendations relating to preventing and countering violent extremism and disengagement programs.
Research funded by the Taskforce
The Taskforce funded research through the Research Institute on Social Cohesion. Links to published research funded through the Institute are below.
Successful 2017-18 round 3 research grants
Preventing violent extremism and building youth cohesion through creative production of grassroots online counter-narratives: a pilot intervention and impact evaluation
Being philosophical about digital media: applying critical thinking skills to new cultural environments
Narratives of Digital Resilience
From Passive Observer to Active Participant: Identifying Transitions to Violent Extremism Activity
Successful 2016-17 round 2 research grants
Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of Melbourne neighbourhoods
Mapping networks and narratives of emerging far-right social movements in Victoria
Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights
Fostering Resilience in Muslim Families: Developing a flexible modular approach
Successful 2015-16 round 1 research grants
Social cohesion, marginalisation and violent extremism in regional and rural Victoria
Stocktake Research Project
The Stocktake Research Project was commissioned by the Victorian Government to provide a rigorous and systematic review of national and international literature and programs conducted between 2011 and 2015 in the areas of social cohesion, community resilience and the prevention of violent extremism. The report was authored by Professor Michele Grossman (Deakin University), Dr Mario Peucker and Dr Debra Smith (Victoria University) and Dr Hass Dellal AO (Ausralian Multicultural Foundation).
Stocktake Research Project : A systematic literature and selected program review on social inclusion, community resilience and violent extremism 2011-2015 - June 2016