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).
The Preventing Violence Against Women Action Plan 2015-17 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.
Gender Equality Map
We want you to contribute to an online map to help improve gender equality in our municipality.
The Gender Equality Map allows residents to pinpoint and describe their experiences of sexism, harassment, inequality or equality.
Experiences that are ‘pinned’ can be positive or negative. Examples include sexist advertising in public spaces, spaces where they may have felt unsafe, accessible change room facilities at sports grounds or access to child care.
The information received will be valuable in helping Council improve gender equity, community safety and public places, and prevent violence against women.
Drop a pin, have your say, help make your neighbourhood a better place for everyone.
Royal Commission into Family Violence
In April 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report and recommendations to the Victorian Government following a 13-month inquiry. The Commission was tasked with identifying and solving system-wide issues in the response and prevention of family violence.
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.
The final report includes 227 recommendations. The majority of these recommendations are associated with the response and legal frameworks that interact with family violence.
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.
Darebin Women's Advisory Committee
Established in 2009, the Darebin Women's Advisory Committee aims to support the right of women to fully and equally engage and participate in community life. Council upholds our commitment to local women and their rights by hearing the voices of women in our community through the Committee.
The purpose of Darebin Women's Advisory Committee (DWAC) is to advise Council on issues and barriers to equality affecting women in their diversity in the City of Darebin, notably by providing a gender lens on issues, policies, services or programs.
Women’s Leadership Program
We invite all woman aged 18 and over to participate in our leadership program. The leadership program is designed to bring together Darebin women in leadership roles who wish to work with women to enhance their leadership skills and to encourage connections & networking between women in Darebin.
The program provides a range of networking events and workshops. To keep updated about these events and leadership opportunities, watch this space. You can also request to join our email list by emailing the Preventing Violence Against Women Officer.
Preventing Violence Against Women Officer
8470 8522 or email@example.com