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Knox says NO to family violence

Family Violence

Family violence is a major health and welfare issue that affects people of all ages and all backgrounds. Men, women and children can be victims of family violence however the statistics show that approximately 74% of recorded victims are female. Partner violence is among the top eight risk factors contributing to burden of disease among females aged 15 to 64 and also increases victims’ risk of financial hardship and homelessness.

Family violence can include physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse of any family member. Women, men and children can be victims and those who are more vulnerable, such as older people and people with disability, can be at particular risk.

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Family Violence Support

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000 – Victoria Police

Safe Steps (Family Violence Crises Response Service)

Phone 1800 015 188 (24 Hours)
Email safesteps@safesteps.org.au

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) - Specialist family violence support

Phone 03 9259 4200 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm / Sat 9am-5pm)
edvos.org.au

Boorndawan Willam – Aboriginal Health Service

Phone 9212 0200
bwahs.com.au

InTouch (Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence)

Phone 1800 755 899 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
intouch.org.au

1800 Respect (Sexual assault and family violence counselling service)

Phone 1800 737 732 (24 hours)
1800respect.org.au

MensLine Australia (Mens online counselling service)

Phone 1300 789 978 (24 hours)
mensline.org.au

Mens Referral Service (Mens family violence counselling, information & referral)

Phone 1300 766 491 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm / Sat-Sun 9am-5pm)
ntv.org.au

National Elder Abuse Hotline

Phone 1800 353 374
Elder Abuse Support Services

Eastern Community Legal Centre (free legal advice – family violence and intervention order advice)

Phone 1300 32 52 00 (Mon–Thu 9am-5pm)
eclc.org.au

Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA) - help for victim survivors of recent or past sexual assault

Phone 1800 806 292 (24 hour)
easternhealth.org.au/services/eastern-centre-against-sexual-assault

Council's Commitment

Knox City Council has identified the prevention of family violence as a key priority. Council is committed to the prevention of violence and supporting affected families. We will strive towards an integrated, whole of Council approach to the prevention of family violence in the Knox municipality.
To read more about Council’s commitment, please click on the 'File Download' at the bottom of the page.

Recent examples of our work include:

  • Engagement and participation in key regional networks including Together For Equality & respect (TFER) and the Regional Family Violence Partnership (RFVP).
  • Providing grant funding for local agencies to provide support to Knox residents who are affected by family violence.
  • Workforce training to manage family violence referrals.
  • Engaging community in awareness campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence.
  • Building resilience, capacity and knowledge amongst youth, families and local clubs through community training and leadership programs.
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