We are committed to preventing violence against women. When you reduce violence against women and children, you help to create a community that is safer, healthier, more inclusive, diverse and dynamic for everyone.
Violence against women is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian Women aged 15-44. We have a range of initiatives that we are implementing with the community, across our organisation and with partners in the Northern Region. This work occurs in a range of settings, including in schools to develop Respectful Relationships Education, with sporting clubs to create equitable and inclusive spaces and with early childhood settings to promote positive gender norms.
Preventing violence against women is a strategy in the Darebin Council Plan 2013-2017 and the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-17 and a staff position has been funded to support the organisation in this goal.
Darebin Women's Equity Strategy
The Darebin Women’s Equity Strategy
provides a framework for delivery of Council’s policy and actions aimed at improving gender equity and reducing violence against women within the Darebin workforce, within our community and through design and delivery of Council services and programs.
The strategy includes the Preventing Violence Against Women and Gender Equity Action Plans 2012-2015.
Royal Commission into Family Violence
A Royal Commission into Family Violence is underway in Victoria. The Commission will inquire into and provide practical recommendations on how Victoria's response to family violence can be improved. The Commission is due to provide its report and recommendations to the government by Monday, 29 February 2016. In may 2015, Darebin made a submission to the Commissioners that focused on the role of local government and preventing violence against women before it occurs. You can view our Submission and recommendations.
Darebin Says NO to Family Violence: A Whole-of-Organisation Approach to Preventing Violence Against Women
Workplaces are a critical setting for creating culture change and in 2014 Council introduced a workplace program. The program builds on the workplace Family Violence Policy as a platform to strengthen our workplace practices and supports to prevent violence against women. Workplaces are directly impacted by instances of family violence and play a key role in influencing the behaviour of individuals and groups.
Workplace Family Violence Policy
Council is committed to being a workforce and community leader in the prevention of family violence and violence against women. Council staff experiencing family violence can access a range of support, including access to leave, developing a safety plan and referral to a family violence service.
Darebin's Family Violence Policy Video outlines our commitment to supporting staff that experience family violence and creating a workplace that is respectful and non-violent. The video can also be watched by scrolling down.
Council encourages other organisations to adopt staff family violence policies. Family Violence is Everyone's Business is a resource to support businesses create a safe workplace. Contact our Preventing Violence Against Women Officer for support to create a safe workplace.
Preventing Violence Against Women Campaigns
Week Without Violence
Internationally, Week Without Violence is an initiative created by YWCA USA in 1995 to mobilise communities to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. The worldwide campaign takes place in the third week of October to encourage communities to think and act towards a world without violence against women and children.
UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and a white ribbon has become the symbol for the day. The White Ribbon Campaign runs from 25 November through until 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights.
Each year, Council celebrate these campaigns with a range of community events.
2016 Community events:
- A panel discussion with authors Sofie Laguna and Maureen McCarthy on Tuesday 22 November at 7pm at Northcote Library. Bookings can be made by Eventbrite
- March to the Oval to Say No to Violence Against Women on Wednesday 23 November, starting at 11am at the Preston Police Station - 55 Roseberry Avenue Preston
- A documentary screening and discussion of He Named Me Malala at the Darebin Intercultural Centre on Thursday 1 December at 11am. For bookings call 8470 8440
If you are affected by family violence, contact 1800 RESPECT National Counselling Helpline, Information and Support - 1800 737 732. If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 000 (triple zero).
Preventing Violence Against Women Officer
8470 8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org