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.
- 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.