Whitehorse City Council

Family Violence Prevention

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  • Family violence affects people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As a community we all pay the human, financial and social costs.
  • Every week, at least one woman is murdered in Australia by a current or past partner.
  • Children are present as victims or witnesses in about a third of all incidents reported to police.
  • In Whitehorse, on average 21 incidents of family violence were reported to police every week from July 2017 to June 2018.
  • You can be part of preventing violence against women

Men can be victims, but research shows that mostly men are the perpetrators of intimate partner violence and family violence. Violence against women is now accepted across the world as one of the most serious issues we face. Its impacts are damaging and far reaching.

While violence against women is serious and common, we can stop it from happening in the first place. 

Read about Recognising Family Violence.

Community Action for Prevention

To prevent men’s violence against women from happening in the first place, as a community we can take actions that counteract the root causes.

Action Solution
Promote equality and demonstrate respect for women

Reduce attitudes that violence and sexism is OK
Increase women’s say about decisions that affect them
Challenge rigid ideas about how women and men and girls and boys should act or fulfil certain roles
Create more opportunities for everyone to reach their potential
Create environments where everyone is able to equally participate

Both men and women contribute
Organisations and clubs reap the benefits of the best skills available

Getting Involved

Council Initiatives

  • In 2019 Council is developing an Action Plan to guide local initiatives for prevention of family violence and violence against women and children.
  • Whitehorse Strengthening Local Action for Family Violence Prevention Project involving action planning, awareness raising, learning and participation opportunities for local people.
  • Collaborative projects to promote equality and respect in community settings, such as Faith Networks and Sporting Clubs.
  • Whitehorse Celebrates Equality and Respect program over 16 days in November and December, information and activities focusing on stopping violence against women from happening in the first place. Whitehorse Manningham Libraries run their annual Gender Equity Storytime sessions during this time.
  • Women’s Leadership and Business Programs
  • Engaging fathers and promoting gender equity in Maternal and Child Health and Early Years Services.
  • Parenting Information Forums to support healthy and respectful relationships in families
  • Funding of Community Grants that align with Council Strategic Directions and Health and Wellbeing priorities. The Whitehorse Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 prioritises the prevention of family violence and violence against women and children.
  • CEO Participation in the Listen Learn and Lead Project to better understand women’s workplace experiences and to improve equity in organisational practices.
  • Improving the capacity of Council’s workforce to recognise, respond and refer in cases of elder abuse and child abuse, as well as other forms of family violence.
  • Workplace Employee Policies such as Employee Flexibility Policy.
  • Family Violence leave provisions for Employees and access to support through resource information and workplace practices.

Local Partners for Prevention

There are many organisations in Whitehorse, and more broadly, working together to promote equality and respect, and creating a safer community for those who are vulnerable to intimate partner violence, family violence and elder abuse.

Further information and to get involved in Family Violence Prevention and Local Partnerships please contact CDEnquiries@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

If you have concerns about yourself or anyone else

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 737 732

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