Local services help residents stay safe at home

Thursday, 9 July 2020

A new resource created in partnership with local services has been made available for residents seeking support and information about family violence.

The City of Greater Geelong has compiled the ‘Safe at Home’ toolkit in collaboration with G21 Prevention of Violence Against Women Health Services Alliance and Diversitat.

The free online resource includes information and advice for people experiencing family violence. 
There is content specifically curated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people living with disability, LGBTQIA+ people, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

Support options are also available for people who choose to use violence. 

Safe at Home was formed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the challenges of living in isolation, but the resource will remain relevant with new updates and curated content.

The initiative has also been guided by our Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework, which was adopted by Council in February 2019 and aims to drive gender equality in the community.

A social media and marketing campaign will also continue to spread the Safe at Home message.

Explore the Safe at Home toolkit

If you are fearful or feel unsafe, or know someone who maybe experiencing family violence, call 000 if in immediate danger.

Chair Community Health, Wellbeing and Safety portfolio - Cr Pat Murnane

We are grateful to partner with local networks to assist residents in the community. As we know, family violence does not discriminate, which is why we’ve worked hard to provide accessible content for people of all backgrounds.

The uncertainly and isolation that has come with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created challenges for all of us so it’s important the community takes care and looks out for one another.

There is help available and this toolkit has local information and contacts that can guide people to find support they need.

G21 – Geelong Region Alliance CEO - Elaine Carbines AO

Family violence is a scourge across our community and I encourage people to download the toolkit to help identify ways in which all members of our community can work to reduce its incidence.

Diversitat Acting CEO - Brian McMahon

The pandemic has presented new challenges with how we communicate with CALD communities.

Diversitat was proud to create family violence video resources in a number of key languages, including Karen, Arabic, Dari and Karreni, to spread the message that family violence is never OK.

The videos have already had a lot of engagement and will be a valuable resource for years to come.

Page last updated: Thursday, 9 July 2020