Preventing family violence

Violence against women is serious and prevalent. But it is also preventable. 

Through our programs and services, we seek to prevent family violence and support community members who are affected by family violence.

Our staff in community, youth and family services are trained to identify and respond to disclosures of violence. We will help connect you with local support services.

We also:

  • partner with local agencies to deliver response and prevention initiatives, including distributing care packages to women and children experiencing family violence
  • coordinate events around 16 Days of Activism (which incorporates 16 Days of Activism, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Internal Human Rights Day and White Ribbon Day. 

Do you need help?

If you are in immediate danger, please call Victorian Police on 000.

If you are affected by family violence, contact 1800 RESPECT national counselling helpline on 1800 737 732.

Support is also available to women experiencing the Women’s Health West Family Violence Assist program via (03) 9689 9588 or email.

Change the Story

Our work is guided by the Change the Story framework. the national approach to preventing violence against women. Check out Change the Story, its supporting documents and accompanying video on the Our Watch website.

Our declaration

We the people of Maribyrnong declare our commitment to a community where opportunities for success are equally available to women and men; where our mothers, daughters and sisters live free from the cycle of violence; where their thoughts, ideas and opinions are heard and respected and their choices and goals in life celebrated and supported.