Preventing family violence
We acknowledge that family violence has an impact on many men, women, young people and children and acknowledge those who have been traumatised by family violence.
We ask that silence is no longer the acceptable response and ask the whole community to build healthier and respectful relationships with one another so our current and future generations thrive.
We acknowledge the strength and courage of all women, men and children who support victims/survivors, perpetrators and their families, and who continue to speak up and challenge stereotypes to build a community for all people to be treated with respect where they work, live, learn and play.
Together We Can
Cardinia Shire has one of the highest reported incidents of family violence in Victoria. In 2014–15, local police attended around 25 incidents a week.
The whole community needs to be involved to prevent family violence and support those impacted.
White Ribbon Day
We actively support the White Ribbon Day Walk Against Violence by working alongside the Cardinia Family Violence Network to deliver events.
The White Ribbon Walk started in Cardinia Shire in 2010 with 3 community members walking around the lake at Pakenham Lakeside. Participation in the walk has steadily increased over the years with around 500 people involved in 2016.
White Ribbon accreditation
We are a White Ribbon-accredited work place for work in preventing and responding to violence against women in the work place and in the community.
Since 2015, we have worked hard to create and sustain a safer and more respectful workplace, through education and training, enhanced resource allocation, improved workplace policies, effective leadership, and involvement in initiatives such as Together We Can and White Ribbon Day.
CHALLENGE Family Violence project
CHALLENGE Family Violence was a 3-year partnership project (2013-15) targeting Cardinia Shire, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong. The principles of the project continue to influence the work of community leaders.
Local men experienced in family violence prevention mentored influential male community leaders from various groups and organisations. Men were encouraged to challenge attitudes and sexist behaviours, promote respect and non-violence towards women and children and get involved in White Ribbon events.
The project was funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice.
Preventing Violence Together Strategy
The ‘Preventing Violence Together – A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region’ is a region-wide strategy for the prevention of violence against women and their children.
It explains the causes of violence against women and makes a case for collective action in the region. It was developed by Women's Health in the South-East (WHISE) in consultation with 28 organisations in the region, including community and women’s health services, local government, primary care partnerships, and key health organisations.
Support services and community resources
- WAYSS Housing and Support Services – 9791 6111
- SECASA (South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence) – 9928 8741
- 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
- Safe Steps – 1800 015 188
- Ask Someone