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.
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. In 2019 Council is developing 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
Council is committed to prevention of violence against women and children. Current actions include, but are not limited to:
- 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 ( PDF 2.45MB) 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 contact CDEnquiries@whitehorse.vic.gov.au