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Preventing violence against women in our community

Maroondah City Council is committed to preventing violence against women by focusing on addressing violence before it occurs.

Council initiatives

Council is involved in many initiatives to prevent violence against women in our community, including:

For information on these and other Maroondah City Council initiatives, contact: 

What is violence against women?

Any act directed at a woman that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering is considered to be violent. This includes threats of such behaviour and abuse that is verbal, emotional, social and/or financial in nature. Reference 1.

Family violence and sexual assault are the most pervasive forms of violence experienced by women in Victoria. Reference 2. 

While anyone can be a victim of family violence or sexual assaulknoxt, it is predominantly committed by men against women, children and other vulnerable persons. Reference 3.

Evidence suggests that most violence against women is perpetrated by a male acquaintance, intimate partner, or other relative. Reference 4.

Violence against women is serious

Violence in the home is the biggest contributor to death, disability and health problems for Victorian women aged 15 to 45. Violence perpetrated against women has devastating effects on the long-term physical and mental health of the individual, with serious ramifications for the well-being of families, communities and societies. 

Family violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women costs the nation $13.6 billion each year.

Violence against women is prevalent

1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence from the age of 15, and almost 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. Reference 5.

A focus on prevention

While it is important to improve responses to incidents of violence, it is equally critical that investment and commitment is made to creating a future where women can live free from violence. 

This can be done by addressing the underlying causes or determinants of violence against women before it occurs. 

The key determinants of violence against women are:

  • unequal power relations between men and women
  • adherence to rigid stereotypes
  • broader cultures of violence. 

Preventing violence against women is about building systems, cultures, organisations, and communities that are safe and inclusive of women and promote equal and respectful relationships between men and women.

Further information

For further information visit the VicHealth Preventing Violence Against Women website.

Family violence and sexual assault services

If you, or someone you know, needs help with family violence or sexual assault, see our list of Family violence and sexual assault services.

References

[1] United Nations General Assembly. 1993. Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women
[2] Victorian Government [Former]. 2009. A Right to Respect: Victoria’s Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women 2010-2020. Office of Women’s Policy: Victoria, Australia. 
[3] Family Violence Protection Act, 2008. 
[4] VicHealth. 2007. Preventing violence before it occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation: Victoria, Australia. 
[5] Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2006. Personal safety survey (reissue). Cat. No. 4906.0.

28/07/2017
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