Family violence

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Brimbank remains committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has the right to live a safe and meaningful life free from all forms of violence. 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000 (triple zero).

What is Family Violence?

Family violence is any threatening, coercive, dominating or abusive behaviour that occurs between people in a family, domestic or intimate relationship, or former intimate relationship, that causes the person experiencing the behaviour to feel fear. In Australia, it is against the law for any member of your family, including your partner, children or in-laws, to hurt or control you.

Family violence includes (but is not limited to):

  • Any type of physical violence
  • Being forced to do sexual acts, even if you are married or in a relationship
  • Making threats or any kind of verbal abuse
  • Denying  access to money
  • Controlling contact with people outside the family
  • Children witnessing this abuse.

It is never your fault.

Often, people affected by family violence feel alone and isolated, perhaps even guilty or feel like they deserve what is happening to them. Many suffer the effects of family violence alone, and instances go unreported. If you are worried about someone, or need to seek help yourself, contact one of the support services below. If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

How to help if you’re family, a friend or neighbour

  • Be sure to check in on them regularly to let them know there is help. Although it may not be possible to physically visit them due to current social distancing rules, you could contact them through instant messaging apps or SMS.
  • You could agree on code word or signal that the person experiencing family violence can use if they need help or need to call the police.
  • You could keep copies of important documents or have an ‘escape’ bag ready for them.
  • If they are in immediate danger, call 000 (triple zero).
  • Check out Respect Victoria's 'Call It Out' campaign

Support services

Safe Steps

24/7 crisis support line


Confidential information, counselling and support service

With Respect

Service supporting LGBTIQ+ communities and their families

Men’s Referral Service

Support service for men who want to change their violent behaviour

CASA House (Centre Against Sexual Assault)

24 hour telephone counselling, support and crisis care support following sexual assault

Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women's Services

Provides a range of support to Aboriginal women and children experiencing family violence from crisis through to recovery programs.

MensLine Australia

Phone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.

Kids Helpline

Free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25

Child First

Links vulnerable children, young people and their families into the relevant services they need

Sunshine Police Station

Keilor Downs Police Station

Our Plan

Read our Position Statement for the Prevention of all forms of Violence 2018 (PDF 1.7MB)

Our Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy (2019-2023) focuses on our role in promoting gender equality and preventing family violence and violence against women.

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.

Our Progress

See Fairness, Equality and Respect Strategy 2021-22 Report Card (PDF 204KB)

Last updated: 8 February 2024 - 4:51pm