Whitehorse City Council

Preventing Family Violence

Exit This Page Button Violence against women is a serious issue in the community with one in three women in Australia experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them. 

It is against the law for anyone to hurt you or any member of your family, including your spouse, partner, children or in-laws. 

Family violence includes:

  • any type of physical violence, such as slapping or punching
  • forcing someone to do sexual things, even if you are married
  • making threats or calling names
  • controlling contact with people outside the family
  • denying someone access to money
  • threatening or hurting pets
  • children witnessing this abuse. 

Family Violence Hurts Children Too

One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse. It is against the law for children to be hit, see or hear violence in the home. 

Children and young people are scared by family violence. Children have the right to feel safe and not live in fear as exposure to violence can cause long-term harm to children. 

Men's Referral Service

The Men's Referral Service is provided by men for men to help stop violence in the home. You do not have to give your name and all information is kept confidential. The service is available from 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.

Phone 9428 2899 (or 1800 065 973 free call within Victoria) or visit www.mrs.org.au

Useful Contacts

Women and children who are experiencing family violence can contact the following organisations for help:

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 9322 3555 / 1800 015 188 (24 hour help)
  • Eastern Domestic Violence Service: 9259 4200 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
  • Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault: 9870 7330 for women, men, children and young people
  • Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service: 8413 6800 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 (AH)
  • Parentline: 132 289
  • Melbourne Youth Support Service: 9614 3688 or 1800 800 531
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • If you do not feel safe, call the police on 000.

For more information, visit Council's Prevention of Violence Against Women and Additional Services pages.