healthAbility is committed to the prevention of family violence.

Prevention of family violence initiatives aim to stop violence before it occurs by addressing the key determinants of violence against women: the unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women, and an adherence to ridged gender roles.

The key themes for action are:

  • Promoting equal and respectful relationships between women and men
  • Promoting non-violent social norms

Violence against women is a serious issue in the community with one in three women in Australia experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them.

Family violence includes:

  • Any type of physical violence, such as slapping or punching
  • Forcing someone to do sexual things, even if you are married
  • Making threats or calling names
  • Controlling contact with people outside the family
  • Denying someone access to money
  • Threatening or hurting pets
  • Children witnessing this abuse.

Useful Contacts

  • People experiencing family violence can contact the following organisations for help:
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 9322 3555 / 1800 015 188 (24 hour help)
  • Men’s Referral Service – provided by men for men to help stop violence in the home – Phone 9428 2899 (or 1800 065 973 free call within Victoria) or visit www.mrs.org.au
  • Northern Domestic Violence Service: 8255 3622 9am-5pm, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 1pm-5pm Thurs
  • Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault: 03 9497 1768
  • Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service: 8413 6800 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 (AH)
  • Parentline: 132 289
  • Melbourne Youth Support Service: 9614 3688 or 1800 800 531
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • If you do not feel safe, call the police on 000.


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