Family Violence Prevention

Whitehorse Family Violence Prevention Action Plan 2021-2025

The 3Rs: Recognise. Respond. Refer.

Free community Family Violence training brought to you by Rotary Box Hill Central and our specialist family violence service EDVOS.

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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.Violence against women and their children costs Australia $22 billion each year.

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.

If you are in immediate danger call 000

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Information in plain English and 21 different languages

Family Violence and Gender Equality FAQs

Read answers to common questions about gender equality and 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.

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