Family violence is a widespread and serious issue that has an enormous impact on the individual and the community. Family violence can affect both men and women. However, the majority of victims are women and children and the majority of perpetrators are men.
Below is a range of resources for people affected by family violence.
Where to go for help
In an emergency
If you are in an emergency, or there is immediate risk of harm to yourself or others call the Police on triple zero (000) immediately.
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre has a 24-hour family violence response phone line which can be reached on 1800 015 188; If you cannot safely call the phone line, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis and counselling services
The following list of crisis and counselling services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
|Safe Steps Family Violence Response||1800 015 188|
|National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service||1800 737 732|
|Kids Helpline||1800 551 800|
|Men's Line Australia||1300 789 978|
Resources for people affected by domestic violence
Further advice for all people affected by domestic violence may be found through the following services:
- Djirra – Aboriginal family violence prevention and legal service Victoria
Phone: 1800 105 303
- Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service Inc
Phone: 03 9482 5744
- Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
Phone: 03 8346 5200
- inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Phone: 1800 755 988
- Women's Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Phone: 1300 134 130
- Victorian Police LBGTIQ Liaison Officers
Phone: 03 9536 2666
- Q Life
Phone: 1800 184 527
The following printable resources may also offer useful information and contacts.
The Little Yellow Book
The Little Yellow Book (PDF 837 KB) is a list of health, housing, legal and community support services to assist families experiencing family violence.
Support for children
Bouncing Back (PDF 5 MB) is a resource to help parents boost their child's ability to bounce back from life's challenges and thrive. Children who are thriving have a strong sense of self, feel valued and loved and have strategies to deal with difficult life circumstances. The booklet is designed for parents and children who have experienced family violence.
Routines help kids to feel safe. Star charts (PDF 307 KB) can set up a pattern that kids find fun to follow.
Violence against women and their children is preventable
The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighted the urgent need to establish a culture of non-violence and gender equality in Victoria. Family violence and violence against women is driven by gender inequality and other forms of discrimination. For this reason, to prevent violence against women and children, we must begin by addressing gender inequality.
It is important to acknowledge that gender inequality does not impact all people in the same way. The impact of gender inequality can by compounded by other forms of disadvantage and discrimination. Women with a disability, Aboriginal women, women from culturally diverse communities and trans and gender diverse people may be disproportionately affected.
‘Preventing Violence Together – A strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region’, was developed by Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) in collaboration with partner organisations including the City of Port Phillip. By focussing on settings where inequality and violent behaviour are shaped, the strategy aims to prevent violence before it starts. The strategy coordinates a consistent approach to the prevention of violence against women and their children across the Southern Metropolitan Region.
Our Family Violence Commitment Statement
We pledge our commitment to working towards a community culture where all women and children are protected from violence. The City of Port Phillip Family Violence Commitment Statement formally acknowledges this commitment as well as Council’s leadership role in preventing violence against women and children.
16 Days of Activism campaign
Wednesday 25 November 2020 marked the UN International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This year, Respect Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism will focus on the idea of 'Respect Is...'. This campaign is asking all Victorians to engage in conversations about ‘respect’ and to call out instances where they recognise gender-based violence taking place.
You can visit Respect Victoria's 16 Days of Activism 2020 hub for further information and resources, including the toolkit and digital collateral.