Equality and Respect

Violence against women and their children is a key social and health problem that significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of everyone in the community, and women and children in particular. The psychological, physical, economic, social impacts are serious, lifelong and often profound for those who have experienced violence.

If you or someone you know is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing family violence, please call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit the 1800RESPECT website.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please call 000. 

The Equality and Respect 2030 Strategy

A Strategy to prevent violence against women by promoting gender equity in the City of Melton demonstrates the long term vision for how Melton City Council will work towards achieving gender equality in the municipality over the next 12 years. The Strategy guides Council’s approach to addressing gender inequality as the root cause of violence against women.

The Strategy states Council’s vision where:

The City of Melton is a gender equitable community, where everyone:

  • lives free from violence and discrimination
  • is treated with dignity, respect and fairness
  • has equal status, rights, opportunities and representation
  • is empowered and included

in their relationships, workplaces and in all areas of life.

The Strategy represents an evidence-based approach to preventing violence against women before it occurs, building upon work previously undertaken through Council’s Preventing Violence against Women and their Children Strategy 2013-2016. It also represents an alignment with the significant recent changes in the national, state and local policy environment.

Gender Equality Act - 2022-2025 Melton City Council Gender Equality Action Plan

Melton City Council has welcomed the introduction of the Gender Equality Act 2020 (the Act).  Under the Act, Council is required to implement a number of obligations, one of which is the development and implementation of a Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP).

The existing Equality and Respect 2030 Strategy has provided Council with a strong foundation to work towards achieving gender equality within our municipality and organisation in the coming years.  There are several strategies that Council will implement to deliver on obligations under the Act which are aligned with the  goals in the Equality and Respect 2030 Strategy;

Goal 1:   The City of Melton is a gender equitable, safe and inclusive community.
Goal 2:   Melton City Council is a gender equitable, safe and inclusive organisation. 

If you are affected by family violence, contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) National Counselling Helpline, Information and Support.

If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 000 (triple zero).