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Preventing violence against women in our community

Maroondah City Council is committed to preventing violence against women and preventing violence before it occurs, by focusing on gender equality. Council is committed to working towards a community where everyone is valued and enjoys equity of opportunity and outcomes.

The link between violence against women and gender equality

Violence against women is a serious issue in our community, with research showing a strong association between sexist attitudes, unequal relationships between men and women and the perpetration of violence against women.

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

Maroondah has the third highest rate of family violence in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. In 2017/18 Maroondah Police responded to 824 callouts for family violence.

Sadly most incidences of family violence and sexual assault go unreported. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey estimated that only 36 per cent of female victims of physical assault and 19 per cent of female victims of sexual assault in Australia reported the incident to police.

Council initiatives

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

Further information 

For information on these and other Maroondah City Council initiatives, contact Council's Community Planning team on 1300 88 22 33.

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