Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network


The Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network (MRFVN)is a subgroup of the Macedon Ranges Local Safety Committee.  The purpose of the Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network (MRFVN) is to reduce violence against women in the Macedon Ranges, along the continuum of primary prevention, early intervention and response.

The Terms of Reference is currently being reviewed.


MRFVN membership is inclusive and consists of interested service providers and community leaders who are committed to supporting the women of our community to access family violence specialist services. CVPCP is proud to support this network and representatives include Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Cobaw, Macedon Ranges Health, Kyneton District Health, Centre for Non-violence, Police, Zonta and Department of Education and Training.

Network activities

The Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network develops an action plan each year to guide their work. Please click on the video below to view some of their activities over the last 2 years.







Making HerStory Forum

The “Making HERstory” Leadership forum had 60 participants identifying as female and non binary, from schools across the Macedon Ranges. The students heard from inspiring young female speakers and explored the concept of leadership, and built their leadership skills and opportunities. The “Making HERstory” Leadership forum was also a celebration of our regional female leaders and affirmation of the importance of increasing female leadership at a local, regional, national and global level where men still dominate in decision making roles. A short report is available.

16 Days of Activism

There were many activities happening in the Macedon Ranges Shire for the 16 Days of Activism 2020.  Click here for the case study, 2020.

Portraits for Respect

56 community members took a stand against violence against women, during the 16 days of activism at the local farmers market, and had their photograph taken holding a message that: challenges the condoning of violence against women; promotes gender equality; and challenges gender stereotypes and roles. These portraits were exhibited across the Macedon Ranges Shire. See case study and final report below.

Behind closed doors project

As part the Macedon Ranges Family Violence action plan to raise awareness of family violence specialist services, they have developed a poster that supports women, in the Macedon Ranges, to identify family violence and where they can get help. These posters are currently being fixed onto the back of doors in all the women’s public toilets – over 50 toilet blocks across the Macedon Ranges.

We would like to thank Zonta for funding the printing of these posters, Centre for Non-Violence for assisting with the development of the poster and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for allowing these posters to be displayed within the council buildings. We would also like to thank Macedon Ranges Health and the Macedon Ranges Maternal & Child Health Services for assisting with the distribution of these posters.

Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Kyneton Primary School as part of their Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Program, organised a Careers Expo: Challenging Gender Stereotypes during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence. Over 90 students and 6 staff participated in the event. The network sourced some funding to capture the event on video, promoted the event and engaged the media. Kyneton Primary School did a great job and we are proud to share their short 3 minute video.

Central Victoria Prevention & Population Health acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land we live and work, their rich culture and spiritual connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate their living culture and unique role in the life of our catchment.

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