Family Violence and Gender Equity

Our Commitment

We're committed to  building a community based on equality and respect, ensuring every person has the right to live a safe and meaningful life free from all forms of violence.

Examples of violence against the person include:

  • Physical e.g. slapping, hitting, choking, stabbing.
  • Sexual e.g. rape, harassment, being coerced to watch pornography or engage in sex.
  • Emotional or psychological e.g. controlling behaviour such as isolating someone from friends, family and culture; making threats to commit suicide or self-harm; threats to destroy possessions, insults, bullying and cyber bullying.
  • Economic e.g. controlling finances, making decisions about how money is spent.
  • Stalking e.g. repeated following, watching or harassing.

We work with

  • key experts in the family violence sector;
  • State Government departments;
  • women's health and community organisations; and
  • advocacy and advisory bodies within the family violence sector.

To promote gender equality, prevent family violence and violence against women by:

  • partnerships with external agencies and community leaders to expand anti-violence actions;
  • strategic advocacy at local, state and commonwealth levels on violence prevention initiatives; and
  • working collaboratively with partners to provide appropriate support to victims of violence.

How to call it out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brimbank Council is encouraging residents to ‘call it out’ sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women. Example of ways to call out sexist, disrespectful or sexually harassing behaviour include:

  • Don’t laugh along to sexist jokes.
  • Give a disapproving look to show a behaviour or statement is not okay. Shake your head or roll your eyes.
  • Leave a pointed and uncomfortable silence.
  • Make a light-hearted comment: “What century are you living in?”
  • Check in with the person affected: “I heard what he just said – are you okay?”
  • Privately let them know the behaviour is not okay:  “The joke you made in yesterday’s meeting was not funny, and actually not okay.”
  • Calmly disagree and state that the comment is wrong or unacceptable:  “I know you probably didn’t mean it but I found what you said to be offensive.”
  • Speak up and educate by explaining why you disagree: “Actually evidence shows the vast majority of women do not make up false claims of sexual assault” (you could use the Key Facts on page 20/12 of the campaign toolkit to back you up).
  • Challenge the logic:  “That’s not my experience.” or “What makes you think that?”
  • Stand up for the person affected:  “Michelle was saying something and you cut her off again.”
  • Make eye contact with the person affected - let them know you’re an ally.
  • Show your emotion:  “It actually makes me sad/ uncomfortable when you say that.”
  • Support others when they call it out:  “I agree, that’s not funny.”
  • Appeal to their greater self: “Come on, you’re better than that.”
  • Report the behaviour to management, or via incident reporting systems if available.

Respect Women: Call It Out is a state-based social movement run by the Victorian Government. To find out how you can be an active bystander visit www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au

Our Plan

Read our Position Statement for the Prevention of all forms of Violence 2018.

We all have a responsibility to promote gender equality, prevent family violence and violence against women. Our Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy (2019-2023) focuses on our role in this.

The Strategy has been developed with regard to State Government policy directions and legislation as well as the recommendations of the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

The Strategy follows the work of the previous Brimbank City Council’s Plan to Prevent Men's Violence Against Women, Toward Gender Equity (2015-2019).

We're also part of the Preventing Violence Together 2030 Western region strategy to prevent violence against women. Preventing Violence Together is a regional partnership made up of 19 organisations who work together to prevent violence against women across Melbourne’s west. 

The strategy is a coordinated, action-based approach to preventing violence against women across Melbourne’s west.  It's accompanied by the Western Region Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women Background paper.

Towards Gender Equality Community Report Card

Council is working with its partners and the broader community to advance gender equity and promote the optimal health, safety and wellbeing of Brimbank residents.

Here’s a summary of our achievements over the past year.

Help and Resources

TIS National Contact Centre 

  • 131 450

Safe Steps

Crisis support for Women and Children.

1800 respect

Support for men or women experiencing family/domestic violence.

No to Violence

Men’s referral Service: Working with Men to end their violence.

Women's Legal Service Victoria

Free legal services for women experiencing legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.

  • 03 8622 0600 - metropolitan callers
  • 1800 133 302 - country callers
  • Tuesday 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • www.womenslegal.org.au/

Family Violence: What Police Do

The ‘Family Violence: What Police Do’ Information Sheet explains Victoria Police's response to family violence. It's written for people

  • who've been affected by family violence; and
  • who have committed family violence.

The information sheet is available in English and 13 other languages.

Reporting Sexual Assault and Violence

Reporting sexual assault to police is a big step. The Reporting Sexual Assault to Police document explains the investigation process and the options available to help you consider your decision. It's available in English and 19 other languages.

How Centrelink Can Help

Centrelink’s role is to help you access payments, and connect you to local support services.  They can help you find services you may need such as legal and housing support. Call the Employment Services line on 132 850 and ask to speak with a social worker - 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For information in different languages about family and domestic violence see the Department of Human Services information sheets. You can also listen to the audio.

Act To Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

Act To Prevent Men's Violence Against Women: A Guide for Community Action has practical things you can do every day to help prevent men’s violence against women. It has important information to think about before you take action, and links to further resources.

The Health Translations Directory

The Australian Government has developed a Family Safety Pack for men and women coming to Australia. It has information on Australian laws about

  • domestic and family violence,
  • sexual assault,
  • forced marriage and
  • a woman’s right to be safe.

The Safety Packs are available in English and 46 other languages.