We are committed to supporting gender equity and preventing violence against women. By reducing violence against women and children, we can help to create a community that is safer, healthier, more inclusive, diverse and dynamic for everyone. 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).
Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women Action Plan
Council’s Gender Equity and Preventing Violence Against Women Action Plan 2019-2023 seeks to improve gender equity and address the root causes of violence against women. As the second iteration of Darebin’s commitment to improving gender equity and preventing violence against women, the action plan builds on Council previous work in this space and expands its focus to new actions and outcomes.
Gender Equality Act
The Gender Equality Act proposes new obligations on the Victorian public sector to plan and report on gender equality across Gender Equality Action Plans, targets for women in leadership, reporting, purchasing guidelines and monitoring and compliance.
Darebin provided a written submission to the draft bill. You can read Council’s submission here.
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.
Darebin made a submission to the Commissioners that focused on the role of local government in preventing violence against women before it occurs. You can view our Submission and 227 recommendations in the final report.
The Gender Equality Map
In 2018/19, Darebin was one of two local governments to participate in the Gender Equality Map pilot. It was a joint project with CrowdSpot and Monash University’s XYX Lab. The map allowed community members to drop a pin and add a comment on locations where they had experienced gender equality or inequality. The aim of the pilot was to help government and Council better understand where gender inequality occurs.
Council is committed to utilising the data generated from the Gender Equality Map.
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.
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.
The Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter
Since 2008, Council has been signatory to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter (VLGWC). The Charter promotes the principles of: gender equity, encouraging diversity in representation and participation; and women’s active citizenship. You can find a copy of Council’s Charter here.