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.
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.
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.
Find out more about current activities or download the Family Violence Safety Card (145.24kB).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Domestic Violence 24/7 Helpline
24 hour counselling support1800 RESPECT
1800 737 732
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)
Access to multilingual staff9259 42009-8pm Mon–Fri, 9-5pm Sat
Information on local support services is available from:
Further information on Family Violence - Services and Information.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131Australia
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: email@example.com