Whitehorse City Council

Preventing Family Violence

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  • Family violence is against the law. It includes:
  • Controlling behaviours (e.g. deciding who you can see or what you do)
  • Stalking (e.g. monitoring your online activity, following you)
  • Verbal abuse (e.g. put downs, threats and intimidation)
  • Physical assault (e.g. pushing, slapping, punching, choking)
  • Sexual assault (e.g. manipulating or forcing you to do sexual things, even if you are married)
  • Emotional abuse (e.g. diminishing your self-esteem)
  • Social abuse (e.g. isolating you from family and friends)
  • Economic abuse (e.g. controlling access to money)
  • Spiritual abuse (e.g. preventing you from practicing your spiritual beliefs)
  • Harming, or threats to harm, pets
  • Threats or actually self-harming and saying you are responsible
  • Spousal homicide

Family violence affects the whole community

Family violence affects people across the community regardless of social status, occupation, sexuality, age or cultural background.  While any person can be a victim or perpetrator of violence, violence is predominantly perpetrated by men, and in family violence situations, women are predominantly the victims.

Violence against women is serious and prevalent

Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44. In Whitehorse, on average, over 26 incidents of family violence were reported to police every week throughout 2016/17. 

Everyone plays a part in prevention

Taking action to prevent violence against women is about promoting respectful and equal relationships – in relationships, families, groups, cultures and organisations, and in all the places where we live, work and recreate – as well as not standing by when we witness disrespect, sexual harassment and discrimination. Stopping violence against women from happening in the first place involves shifting attitudes so that violence and sexism is not OK and challenging those stereotypes for men and women that limit boys’ and girls’ development, alongside changes in cultures and organisations to increase equality between men and women.

Whitehorse Council is committed to the prevention of family violence and violence against women and children

Find out more about current activities or download the pdf icon Family Violence Safety Card (145.24kB).

If you have concerns about someone, contact:

If in immediate danger call 000

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre
24/7 crisis response
1800 015 188
If you cannot safely call the 24/7 phone line, email safesteps@safesteps.org.au

National Domestic Violence 24/7 Helpline
24 hour counselling support
1800 RESPECT
1800 737 732

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)
Access to multilingual staff
9259 4200
9-8pm Mon–Fri, 9-5pm Sat

Information on local support services is available from:

Further information on Family Violence - Services and Information.