Council will focus on strategies to prevent violence against women and family violence and promote gender equity under the new Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy (2019-2023).
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the strategy would guide Council’s work to promote gender equality and violence prevention – while partnering with other stakeholders, including state and commonwealth governments, Victoria Police, service providers and community members.
“We all have a responsibility to promote gender equality, prevent family violence and violence against women.
“This strategy aims to focus the entire local community on the issue, so that we can work together to address this major problem.
“Council last year adopted a Position Statement for the Prevention of all forms of Violence, and this strategy sits comfortably alongside it,” Cr Congreve said.
Included in the draft strategy are proposed partnerships with external agencies and community leaders to expand anti-violence actions and strategic advocacy at local, state and commonwealth levels on violence prevention initiatives and work collaboratively to provide appropriate support to victims of violence.
“All violence is abhorrent – and Brimbank Council is working to ensure everyone in our community can go about their daily lives without fear of violence in their homes, in classrooms and in public.
“This evidence-based strategy focuses on issues of gender equality and family violence because research tells us women are more likely to experience violence than men, and that their greatest risk of violence is at home, from a man that they know.
“Evidence shows that when men experience violence, it is most likely to be at the hands of a stranger in a public place. Council addresses the prevention of other forms of violence through a number of strategies,” Cr Congreve said.
The Brimbank Community Safety Strategy 2015-2019 includes initiatives to prevent violence in public, while the Brimbank Children’s Plan 2015-2019 operates to increase safety of children in their homes and in the community.
Each year, Council will develop an Implementation Plan to address priorities identified in this Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy and report on key achievements through an annual Community Report Card.