Family violence

If you are in danger call Victoria Police on 000.

Violence against women and children, and family violence covers a broad range of controlling behaviours, including of physical, sexual and/or psychological nature.

Behaviour may include verbal abuse, threats, harassment and intimidation. Controlling behaviour may include limiting access to friends, relatives and/or finances.

VicHealth data shows that intimate partner violence is the most common cause of death and disability for Victorian women aged 15-44 years.

57 per cent of women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Stand against violence against women and children, and family violence

Our actions include:

  • Barwon Month of Action: Campaign involving local community and health services, local government and community members. This campaign aims to raise awareness of men's violence against women and children. Commencing on the last Friday in October (Reclaim the Night) and ceases on 25 November- the international day for the elimination of violence against women. Various events are held during this month of action.
  • Family Violence workplace clause: Our Enterprise Agreement includes a clause to cover family violence against employees.
  • Strategic Plan: Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children in the G21 region 2016-2020. The City of Greater Geelong are a key partner organisation in the development of this plan. The plan covers the continuum of primary prevention, early intervention and response and has four key themes for action: Strengthening Leadership, Increasing Capacity, Communicating Key Messages and Building the Evidence Base.

Family Violence Support Services

Geelong based services are listed in our community directory.

State and National based services include:

Safe Steps 1800 015 188 Crisis support line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292 Weeknights 5:00pm to 9:00am next morning and throughout weekends/public holidays.
No to Violence Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491 Anonymous and confidential telephone counselling service 8:00am to 9:00pm from Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 6:00pm weekends.
Men's Line Australia 1300 789 978 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Page last updated: Monday, 13 May 2019