Portraits for Respect

Portraits for Respect is a primary prevention initiative (a joint project by Maldon Hospital & Maldon Neighbourhood Centre)  that aims to address the underlying drivers of family violence. More specifically, it:

  • Challenges the condoning of violence against women
  • Challenges gender stereotypes and roles
  • Promotes and normalises gender equality

Mount Alexander community members were invited to have their portrait taken, holding a sign that is meaningful to them in relation to family violence prevention. These portraits were exhibited across Mount Alexander:

    • Maldon Hospital (in ward and during AGM)
    • Maldon and District Community Bank
    • Maldon shopfronts during the 16 Days of Activism (Café Maldon, the Gold Exchange, Simply Magnificent, Maldon Take away and Beaton’s Stores)
    • Maldon Neighbourhood Centre
    • Castlemaine Secondary College
    • KR Castlemaine (small goods factory)
    • Cumberland Hotel
    • Castlemaine Community House
    • Castlemaine Police Station
    • Togs Café & Peddling Pastries, Castlemaine
    • Phee Broadway foyer
    • various Castlemaine shopfronts during the Castlemaine State Festival.
    • Castlemaine Market Building
    • Harcourt ANA Hall and Museum
    • DIG café, Newstead
    • Workspace, Castlemaine.


Maldon Hospital and Maldon Neighbourhood Centre developed a toolkit to support other networks to implement the Portraits for Respect project within their own communities. Castlemaine Health, Maldon Hospital and Macedon Ranges Family Violence Network have used this toolkit to successfully implement this project within their organisation/community.


For more information contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre

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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