Whitehorse City Council

Preventing Family Violence

Family violence 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. Also called domestic violence, family violence affects all social groups in the community. It has detrimental and long-lasting effects on children and young people.

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Family violence occurs when a perpetrator exercises power and control over another person and can include:

  • 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

Promoting Equality and Respect

Whitehorse City Council is a signatory partner with the Eastern Metropolitan Region Together for Equality and Respect partnership (led by Women’s Health East). Partner organisations are committed to undertaking mutually reinforcing and collaborative actions to prevent violence against women from happening in the first place (called primary prevention). This entails promoting respectful and equal relationships through plans, policies and practices. For more information about the Together for Equality and Respect Strategy and partnership, please visit http://whe.org.au/tfer/

White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign is a male-led initiative to end male violence against women and girls by promoting healthy relationships, gender equity, and a compassionate vision of masculinity. White Ribbon Day (Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) is on 25 November.

For more information about ways to be involved visit https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

If you have concerns about someone, contact one of the following services:

Emergency Services
If in immediate danger call 000

Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service
9322 3555 / 1800 015 188 – 24hr line

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

National Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 RESPECT
1800 737 732 (24 hours)

Men’s Helpline
1300 789 978

Further information on Family Violence - Services and Information.