Preventing family violence and violence against women

If you or someone you know needs help

If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800 737 732 or visit

Working together for equality and respect: preventing family violence and all forms of violence in our community

The City of Stonnington is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of violence in our community and providing leadership on gender equality.

Family violence and violence against women are serious and widespread problems in Australia with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. The fundamental driver of this significant social problem is gender inequality.

Preventing Violence and Injury is one of five overarching priority areas or pillars in the Stonnington Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017 – 2021 with the objective of promoting an inclusive and respectful community that does not tolerate any form of violence.

Preventing Violence Together Strategy

The City of Stonnington is a signatory to the Preventing Violence Together Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Regional 2016 – 2021. The strategy explains the causes of violence against women and makes a case for collective action in the region.

It was developed by Women's Health in the South-East (WHISE) in consultation with 28 organisations in the region, including community and women’s health services, local government, primary care partnerships, and key health organisations.

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of violence, particularly on women.

The campaign runs annually from 25 November to 10 December.

In 2019, the campaign theme, Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’, asks Victorians to call out disrespect and encourages us to be active bystanders and safely take action when witnessing everyday sexism, discrimination and inequality.

Small actions can make a big difference. Together we are all part of the solution to promote respect in our community.

Learn more about to do when you see disrespect towards women.

Where you can go for help.

  • In an emergency call 000
  • 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 - National sexual assault domestic and family violence counselling service (24 hour service)
  • Safe Steps or 1800 015 188 - Victoria’s family violence support service (24 hour service)
  • No To Violence or 1300 766 491 -  men's referral service
  • Kids Helpline or 1800 551 800 - support for young people (24 hour service)
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) & Family Violence: phone the Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 806 292 to contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault