Preventing Violence Against Women and their Children

Violence against women and their children is a key social and health problems 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.

The Equality and Respect 2030: 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.

Western Region Preventing Violence Against Women - Preventing Violence Together

This working group established by Women’s Health West includes representatives from Primary Care Partnerships as well as local Councils and community health organisations to collaboratively work to prevent violence against women. Melton City Council is regularly represented on this working group.

Preventing Violence Together: The Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women(PDF, 7MB) aims to create communities, cultures, and organisations in the western region that are non-violent, non-discriminatory, gender equitable, and promote respectful relationships. Council is a signatory to this plan.

When addressing violence against women, it is important to consider social and economic determinants including:

  • belief in rigid gender roles
  • unequal distribution of power between men and women
  • masculine orientation or sense of entitlement and
  • weak support for gender equality.

Council is commited to promoting gender equity in the City of Melton community. This commitment has been celebrated by sharing the stories of 12 local women making it happen. Read their inspiring stories below:

Melton Family Violence Network

The Melton Family Violence Network (MFVN) is an important forum for local service providers to discuss service coordination and other practice issues. The network meets monthly and is currently guiding the development of a Melton City Council Preventing Violence Against Women and Children strategy and supporting prevention initiatives.

If you are at risk of immediate harm from Family Violence ring Victoria Police on 000.

If there is violence in your relationship, you can call:

  • Melton Family Services on 9747 7200
  • Women’s Health West on 9689 9588
  • Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or 9428 2899

Violence against women is recognised as one of the most widespread, yet hidden, human rights abuses in the world. Women who experience violence suffer from decreased physical, mental and emotional health, social isolation and are less able to participate in community life. Children exposed to violence are less able to form healthy attachments and may experience significant emotional, physical and developmental issues.

For more information, contact Council's Community Wellbeing Officer on 9747 7200.