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Knox says NO to family violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Family violence is serious. Family violence is preventable.

Did you know Knox has had the one of the highest rates of reported family violence in Melbourne’s Outer East for over 20 years?

92% of reported physical assault against women was by a man they knew. 65% of these were in their own home (ABS 2017).

You can help by learning the facts and Orange the World during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 25 Nov – 10 Dec.

Listen to the stories of 2 local women #Hearmetoo

WARNING: These videos contain confronting content with family violence themes.

Selena's Story

Kim's Story

If you need any help with any of the issues raised, please contact the following services:

  • If in immediate danger call 000
  • Safe steps Family Violence response centre 1800 015 188
  • Or 24/7 National Domentic Violence helpline 1800 737 732
  • Men’s Helpline 1300 789 978 (24 hour)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
  • Seniors Rights Victoria 1300 368 821

Read the statistics to understand family violence in Knox

  • Violence in the home is the biggest contributor to death, disability and health problems for Victorian women aged 15-45. (VicHealth 2013)
  • In Knox, 74.4% of victims of family violence are female and 25.1% are males (0.4% unknown). (Crime Statistics Agency 2017)
  • Under the Family Violence Protection Act (2008), children seeing or hearing violence is also an act of family violence.
  • Elder abuse is another form of family violence. In family violence matters in Knox, the number of affected family members aged 60-69 years is increasing. (Crime Statistics Agency 2017)

Do you think someone you know might be experiencing family violence? Here’s how you can help.
Are you experiencing family violence? There are resources to help you.

Council's in the Eastern region have developed the Women's Safety Information Card. Pick up a hard copy at the Civic Centre offices or print it out here.

How Knox City Council is investing in preventing family violence?

Council plays a valuable role in addressing and preventing family violence through strong local leadership and the delivery of a broad range of primary prevention activities. We partner and collaborate with key organisations providing crisis intervention in Knox, we fund projects with a family violence focus, our Maternal and Child Health workers, Youth Services and Aged Care workers are trained to provide assessment, support and referral.  

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