Family violence - campaigns, plans and resources

The City of Greater Geelong takes a stand against violence against women and children, and family violence.

Our actions include:

  • Barwon Month of Action: Campaign involving local community and health services, local government and community members. This campaign aims to raise awareness of men's violence against women and children. Commencing on the last Friday in October (Reclaim the Night) and ceases on 25 November- the international day for the elimination of violence against women. Various events are held during this month of action.
  • 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence: This is a global campaign coordinated by the UN to address violence against women and girls. Beginning November 25 (internal Day Against Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (International Human Rights Day)
  • Staff training: Understanding and responding to Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Gender Equity and Unconscious Bias
  • Violence workplace clause: Our Enterprise Agreement includes a clause to cover family violence for employees.
  • Strategic Plan: Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children in the G21 region 2016-2020. We are a key partner organisation in the development of this plan. The plan covers the continuum of primary prevention, early intervention and response and has four key themes for action: Strengthening Leadership, Increasing Capacity, Communicating Key Messages and Building the Evidence Base.
  • Ba-gurrk: A Gender Equity Framework for the City of Greater Geelong, the first of its kind for our region. Ba-gurrk (pronounced baa-gurr-rek) is Wadawurrung for Woman. We pay homage and acknowledges the First Nations of the greater Geelong region by using the Wadawurrung language.

    The Framework addresses gender equity as a governance, community and organisational issue and will provide a guide to develop, implement and monitor actions.

    It aims to eliminate barriers and acknowledge and celebrate the crucial role that Women and girls play in our economy and our community, and the importance of working together to create an equitable future for all.

Useful Resources

Family violence during COVID-19 Support and information
Pride in Prevention Evidence Guide (PDF)
A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities
Dardi Munwurro; Men – Strong Spirit
Aboriginal Men's Crisis support line
Call: 1800 435 799
Yarning Safe and Strong (image brochure)
7 day a week free confidential telephone support service. Yarn safely a counsellor to gain strength during the difficult and challenging times.
Tip Sheet: LGBTI Inclusion for Covid19 (PDF)
G21 Family Violence Messaging - Toolkit
Women with Disabilities Victoria Word version- New Resources – Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities Guides
Respect Victoria 'Re-shaping Attitudes'
A toolkit for using the National Community Attitudes Survey (NCAS) in the primary prevention of violence against women.

VicHealth has made two new videos about building respectful relationships, supporting gender equality and achieving health and wellbeing.

For Boys & Men

For people who work with boys & men

The videos promote acceptance of people whoever they are, free from gender stereotypes, and a society where boys and men feel comfortable to seek and receive support. 

See the complementary information and resources available in addition to the new videos: 
Masculinities and Health    webpage: an ideal starting point for people who want to?build community support for changing outdated masculine stereotypes.  

New Framing Masculinity Message Guide to help you communicate these topics with your community.

Case study on how Macedon Ranges Health has used the new Framing Masculinity Message Guide.

Research, data, publications and actions (external)

Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 October 2020