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.

Preventing family violence in Kingston

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 working towards the vision of creating safe, equal and respectful relationships in Kingston where family violence and gender inequality are not tolerated.

Through a coordinated approach, strong leadership and collaborative partnerships we will work 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 Goals

Primary Prevention - Stop it before it starts

1. Increase understanding of family violence and gender inequality as an underlying cause.

2. Challenge behaviours and attitudes that support violence, sexism and discrimination.

3. Promote and normalise gender equality in public and private life.

4. Develop Kingston infrastructure, community spaces and activities that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

5. Strengthen existing partnerships, opportunities for collaboration, and develop evidence-based practice.

6. Position Kingston as an exemplary organisation across Victoria and Australia in its commitment and advocacy efforts to prevent family violence.

Secondary Prevention - Get in early

7. Support Kingston community members at higher risk of experiencing violence receive early access to information and support services. (Priority populations include: women; new mothers; children; young people; Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander peoples; people who identify as lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+); people with a disability; elder population; multicultural communities; sex industry workers.)

8. Support Kingston community members at higher risk of perpetrating violence to receive education and interventions that prevent offending and promote respectful relationships.

Tertiary Prevention - Help is here

9. Ensure victim survivors of family violence receive practical and appropriate support in a timely manner.

10. Support victim survivors of family violence to feel safe, connected, heard and empowered.

11. Ensure perpetrators of violence are held to account and supported to access services to prevent reoffending.

What can you do?

More information

For further information or if interested in helping to lead change in our community, please contact our Prevention of Family Violence Officer on 1300 653 356 or community@kingston.vic.gov.au.

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.

1800 RESPECT

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)