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Knox says NO to family violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

Family violence is serious. You can help call it out.

Family violence is a big issue in Knox that has social, economic and health impacts in our community. This year, we are joining with Respect Victoria and other local governments to call this out.

Respectful relationships prevent family violence.

Aiming for a respectful relationship means you:

  • Control your own money
  • Make you own decisions about your body, friends, work and where you live
  • Feel safe
  • Listen to each other’s feelings and opinions
  • And more

If something does not feel right voice your concerns.

Relationship behaviour that is abusive is never OK.

The facts:

  • Incidents of family violence in Knox continue to be above the eastern metropolitan average.
  • 53% of all assaults on people in Knox in 2017-2018 where family violence related.
  • Violence in the home is the biggest contributor to death, disability and health problems for Victorian women aged 15-45. (VicHealth 2013)
  • Read more.

The stories:

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 Domestic Violence helpline 1800 737 732 (RESPECT)
  • Men’s Helpline 1300 789 978 (24 hour)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
  • Seniors Rights Victoria 1300 368 821

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.  

Framed by Gender

We recently undertook a unique social arts project to explore ideas of respect, gender equality, stereotypes and positive social change. Read more here.

Anna Farrago workshop
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