Prevention of family violence

Family violence includes a range of behaviours used to control the victim. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, cultural background, education, sexuality or ability.

Family violence is widespread, serious and preventable.

Preventing family violence is everyone’s responsibility.

Local government plays a role by influencing social structures, norms and practices that promote respect and challenge the use of violence and discrimination.

We are committed to a vision for our community as a safe, respectful and supportive place for all to live, work and play - free from all forms of inequality and violence.

Through a coordinated approach, strong leadership and collaborative partnerships we are working together to prevent family violence and promote gender equality by:

  • challenging condoning of violence against women
  • promoting women’s independence and decision-making
  • challenging gender stereotypes and roles
  • strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships.

Our priority actions

Our Year 2 Action Plan(PDF, 658KB) for Council’s Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (MPHWP) 2021-2025 sets out 10 priority actions to be delivered across Council, with community and local partners.

These aim to help stop violence before it starts, intervene early and support people experience family violence through initiatives including:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Awareness-raising and education
  3. Communications and promotion
  4. Community strengthening and partnerships
  5. Research, evaluation and monitoring
  6. Service delivery and planning
  7. Council leadership, organisational and workforce development.

Promoting equality and respect 

A range of resources are available in English and other languages to promote equality and respect. Developed with the Kingston Family Violence Working Group, these can be promoted across your workplace, sporting club, community club or organisation, social media campaigns and more. 

For hardcopies, please contact our Social Policy and Planning Officer 1300 653 356 or

More information

For further information or if interested in helping to lead change in our community, please contact our Social Policy and Planning Officer on 1300 653 356 or

Help and support services

Help is available if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence.

Call 000 if you are in danger now.

National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service
1800 737 732 (24 hours)

The Orange Door, Bayside Peninsula
Local Support and Safety Hub for families experiencing family violence
1800 319 353 (9am to 5pm weekdays)

Safesteps: Family Violence Response Centre
Crisis support and referral to safe accommodation
1800 015 188 (24 hours)