Family Violence Prevention

Family Violence Prevention

At least one woman is murdered in Australia by her current or former partner every week. Interpersonal violence contributes to more preventable death, disability and illness for women between the ages of 15 – 44 in Victoria than any other preventable risk factor, and men’s violence against women is present in all parts of society. Whilst violence against women occurs in a variety of settings, it most commonly occurs in the home.

For the past five years, the City of Casey has consistently had the highest number of reported family violence incidents among all Victorian municipalities. Police data provides the most localised statistics relating to family violence. In the City of Casey alone, 4,730 family incidents are dealt with by police each year.

Our vision is for the City of Casey to be a family friendly city where women and children feel safe in their homes and neighbourhoods, and live free from family violence.

The City of Casey has had a longstanding commitment to promoting gender equity and preventing family violence. We have now developed a bold and innovative Family Violence Prevention Strategy and Action Plan for the City of Casey. The Strategy demonstrates our strong commitment to the prevention of family violence in the Casey community and more broadly.

This Strategy describes how we will strive towards an integrated, whole of Council approach to the prevention of family violence in the City of Casey. As the level of government closest to the community, Council is mandated to create healthy, safe and inclusive communities. We must also advocate for social justice and human rights on behalf of the entire community.

This Strategy is underpinned by the understanding that gender inequity is a key driver of family violence and that gender-based violence has multiple causes. You can read a summary here – Action Plan (2mb) and the strategy here – Family Violence Prevention Strategy (404kb)

Assistance

There are many services and support groups that can provide assistance and advice if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence. You can find a full list of services here – Family Violence Resource and Referral Guide (436kb) .

If you are in immediate danger, you should call 000.

For further information, speak with a Community Safety Officer on 9705 5200