Family Violence Prevention

Whitehorse Family Violence Prevention Action Plan

The 3Rs: Recognise. Respond. Refer.

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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 25 incidents of family violence were reported to police every week from July 2019 to June 2020. With under reporting, this figure is likely to be much higher.

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. 

Local Government reaches people where they live, work and play. Councils play a central role in leading and promoting peaceful, helpful and safe environments for the community.

Whitehorse City Council is committed to prevention of violence against women and children. Council has an Action Plan to guide local initiatives to prevent family violence from happening in the first place. You can be part of preventing violence against women. View the video to see what our local community is doing now.

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.

If you are in immediate danger call 000

If you are concerned about yourself or anyone else:

"safe steps" Family Violence Response Centre 
24/7 crisis response 
1800 015 188
If you cannot safely call the 24/7 phone line,

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

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) 
Multilingual staff
03 9259 4200
9am-8pm Mon–Fri
9am-5pm Sat

Kara House
Accommodation and outreach
1800 900 520

Multicultural support services & information
1800 755 988 
10am-4pm Mon-Fri

Council Initiatives

Council is committed to prevention of violence against women and children. Current actions include, but are not limited to:

  • The Whitehorse Strengthening Local Action for Family Violence Prevention Project ( PDF 323.95KB) involved action planning, awareness raising, learning and participation opportunities for local people.
  • Whitehorse Collaborative Action Network for Prevention of Violence Against Women bringing together partners for local action.
  • Collaborative projects to promote equality and respect in community settings, such as Faith Networks, Disability Services 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 and Diversity 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 ( PDF 2.45MB) prioritises the prevention of family violence and violence against women and children.
  • 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.

Common questions about prevention initiatives

Read answers to common questions about family violence prevention initiatives in the community.

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 contact

Be Active Online

Have you seen a post or a comment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or another social media and thought “that’s just not right”, but haven’t been sure what to say?

Read up about how to be an online active bystander.