Family violence

Preventing violence against women and family violence 

The City of Stonnington is committed to creating a fair, equal and safe community including taking action to reduce violence against women and family violence. Creating a respectful and safe community is a priority.

Family violence

  • The most frequent type of abuse/violence reported was verbal abuse followed by emotional abuse and physical abuse.
  • In 2020, the number of family violence incidents reported to police increased by 24% to 1040.
  • In 70% of family violence cases in Stonnington, females were affected. Those aged 25–34 are the largest age group affected.
  • Groups experiencing higher rates of violence including women with disabilities, Aboriginal women, immigrant and refugee women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, pregnant women and new mothers.
  • Family violence is the leading driver of homelessness for women.

Gender and health

  • Women in Stonnington are more likely to have a university degree, be employed part time, earn below the minimum wage, do almost 4 times more unpaid domestic labour, provide unpaid disability support, be less active and be an occasional smoker.
  • Men in Stonnington are more likely to leave school before year 11, be employed full time, earn above the minimum wage, be overweight, consume more than 2 alcoholic drinks on average per day, be admitted to hospital due to alcohol, meet physical activity guidelines, eat take away food, smoke daily and experience more harm caused by crime.
  • Women feel 60–80 per cent less safe than men to walk alone in their neighbourhood.
  • In 2020, approximately 3 out of every 4 suicides were males. For both males and females, those aged 25-34 years were the largest age group for suicides. Women are more likely to self-harm.
  • Hospital admissions for falls is higher in Stonnington than Greater Melbourne and Victoria, and is significantly higher for females than males.
  • Stonnington has a higher rate of hospital admissions due to injury or poisoning with more males than females admitted.


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Helpful contacts

Call 000 if you are in immediate danger

You have the right to feel safe in your family and home. It is ok to ask someone for help. Family violence can stop.

  • Safe Steps, Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response centre, 1800 015 188 or visit
  • 1800RESPECT, the national 24/7 sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, 1800 737 732 or visit
  • No To Violence, Men’s Referral Service, 1300 766 491
  • Ask someone
  • The Orange Door, Bayside Peninsula, 1800 319 353,
  • Seniors Rights Victoria confidential Helpline, 1300 368 821
  • Kids Helpline, 1800 551 800, 
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) specialist sexual assault and family violence support, 1800 806 292,
  • Ask Izzy is a mobile website that connects people who are in crisis, including domestic and family violence help, with the services they need right now and nearby, 

Promoting Respect and Equity Together

The City of Stonnington is a signatory to Promoting Respect and Equity Together 2021 - 2025, a regional strategy developed by Women's Health in the South-East (WHISE) for collective action across Southern Metropolitan Melbourne.

We all have a right to feel safe at home

Are you safe at home? Is someone you know unsafe?

Visit Are you safe at home for family violence information and support for victim survivors and their family and friends, including key information translated in 15 community languages and Easy English. 

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