Social Safety & Family Violence Prevention

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What can we do in our communities to prevent and respond to family violence?

Local data provides evidence that family violence is a problem in our catchment, compared to Victoria

  • Central Goldfields shire: 2,380.4/100,000 population had police attending family incidents (nearly double the Victorian rate).
  • Mount Alexander shire: 935.8/100,000 population had police attending family incidents
  • Macedon Ranges shire: 1,089.3/100,000 population had police attending family incidents
  • Victoria: 1,288.7/100,000 population had police attending family incidents

For more local data in relation to family incidents (intervention violence order issued, children present, charges laid) within the CVPCP catchment refer to the CVPCP Community Profile.

portraits-for-respect-maldon-hosPortraits for Respect – The Case Study.  This case study provides an example for other communities to develop their own “Portraits for Respect”.  Maldon Hospital and Maldon Neighbourhood Centre are happy for this project to be replicated in other communities.

The Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre published  Will somebody listen to me? This report outlines the experiences of local women who participated in 190 court-based surveys at Bendigo, Echuca and Maryborough, Kyneton and Swan Hill Magistrates’ Courts. Twenty seven women later agreed to in-depth interviews.

Referral Pathways

Referral pathways for services within the Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander and Central Goldfields Shires:

If there is an immediate threat to safety call emergency 000

  • For women who are victims of family violence:  Centre for Non-Violence a specialist family violence service that will coordinate all relevant services, including crisis accommodation.
    A/H Safe steps a family violence response service including crisis accommodation.

If you are not sure how to help a consumer or need to talk to some-one for guidance or even to debrief, counsellors are available 24-7 at 1800RESPECT.


There are several regional and local shire networks of service providers, working together to address local issues related to family violence. For a list of these networks click here.


Centre for Non Violence delivers a range of quality services and programs that respond to family violence and homelessness.

Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault provides counselling, information, support and referral for survivors of sexual assault.
They are based in Bendigo, with outreach services in Kyneton and Maryborough.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee  provides consultation and resources to agencies and workers in the Loddon Mallee region and gender sensitive practice education.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre  (DVRCV) provide training, publications, service directories, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors.

Southern Mallee PCP have developed the Family Violence Prevention Plan Matrix, which  provides a brief outline and link to plans, evidence, frameworks, resources, websites and initiatives relating to the primary prevention of family violence.

1800 Respect: The information on this website has been prepared by experts to help service providers recognise signs of gendered violence and respond appropriately. There are good practice resources for different community sectors, risk assessment tools and HR resources in relation to family violence.

Circle of 6 is an iPhone and Android app that allows you to quickly reach a circle of 6 contacts and alerts them to your present location and that you that you need help. This app only requires two touches to send an alert. The app is from the US and consequently some emergency numbers default to the US.

iMatter App – The free iMatter app helps women identify signs that a relationship is unhealthy, such as a partner acting overprotective, possessive and jealous, to empower them to leave these relationships before they become abusive.

For young people

The Line: helps young people navigate those grey areas of a relationship, promote healthy and respectful relationships and recognise behaviour that ‘crosses the line’. There are interactive videos that represent issues facing young people in their relationships with each other.

Bursting the Bubble is an award winning site for teenagers. It is about abuse by family members. The website provides quizzes, stories, and advice

Love: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly – a website for young people on relationships, respect and abuse. It includes a respect checklist, the relationship quiz and true stories

Sex, Love & Other Stuff – a new respectful relationships resource for young men, developed by the Partners in Prevention Project at DVRCV.

Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership 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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