Family violence projects

Our community experiences one of the highest reported incidents of family violence in Victoria. In 2014–15, local police attended approximately 25 incidents a week.

Addressing family violence requires a whole of community approach in both prevention and directly supporting those residents impacted. We are involved in a number of projects which are aimed at reducing family violence.

For more information view our family violence fact sheet (Word, 1.2MB).

Support services

  • Police – 000
  • WAYSS – 9791 6111
  • SECASA – 9928 8741
  • 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
  • Safe

Together We Can

We are working with Family Life and the University of Melbourne to support the ‘Together We Can’ community initiative. It was launched at a free community convention on Thursday 28 April, which was followed by a community summit on Friday 29 April at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.

Community members attended both days and wanted to see the best outcomes for our children and future generations. Parents, teachers, public health and community practitioners, community representatives and local organisations helped us develop a response to STOP, PREVENT and END family violence in Cardinia Shire.

Community resources

CHALLENGE Family Violence project

CHALLENGE Family Violence was a three-year partnership project funded by the Department of Justice targeting our municipality as well as of Casey and Greater Dandenong. Modelled on principles of the White Ribbon Campaign; the project involves local men experienced in family violence prevention mentoring influential male community leaders from various settings.

Community leaders are trained and supported by the mentors to challenge attitudes and sexist behaviours, promote respect and non-violence towards women and children, develop and implement a broad social marketing campaign including an Accord, and white ribbon events.

White Ribbon Day

We actively support White Ribbon Day and are currently going through the process of receiving accreditation.

South East metropolitan sub-regional accord to prevent men's violence against women

The South East Metropolitan Sub Regional Accord (Word, 123KB) to prevent men’s violence against women is an initiative of the project. It provides an opportunity to engage men within the community to advocate for the end of men's violence against women and the end of attitudes which support violence.

Participants from business, government, education, sport, faith and cultural groups present this accord to the community as a statement of intent, and to encourage the prevention of men’s violence against women.

Sign the Accord.

View the full pledge (Word, 531KB).

Faith-based resources

An online resource has been developed to help faith and spiritual leaders to understand the issue of family violence and its causes and how they can take action in the community to prevent and respond to it.

It has been developed by the City of Greater Dandenong in collaboration with leaders and people of faith from various traditions, with the support of the Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network. It has been produced as part of a partnership between City of Casey, Cardinia Shire Council, City of Greater Dandenong and Monash Health on a project called 'Challenge Family Violence'.

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