Council fights against family violence


Brimbank Council continues to take a lead role in promoting gender equality and preventing family violence in the municipality.

Family violence incidents make up the majority of violence statistics in the community and Brimbank is no exception. In Brimbank in 2016-17, the rate of recorded family violence incidents was 1,105.0 per 100,000 people.1 Council is pushing to turn these figures around.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council continues to play an important role in partnership with Victoria Police, service providers and community organisations in keeping the Brimbank community safe and implementing programs to enhance safety, security and foster community wellbeing.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 April 2018, a Notice of Motion was tabled, calling on Council to advocate to the State Government for services that focus on both prevention and early intervention of violence against women, men and children through the provision of a Support and Safety Hub to be located in Brimbank.

“Provision of a safety and support hub would provide a much needed ‘front door’ to assist women, children and families to quickly get the help and support services required.

"The Hub would provide family violence services for woman and children, family services and perpetrator/men’s services, and work closely with the Victims Support Agency that will provide support to male victims of family violence.

“In Brimbank this would be a positive step forward to help support community members impacted by family violence.

“This is such a critical community issue and we’ll continue to develop strong partnerships with service providers, police and community leaders, in particular the Preventing Violence together regional partnership and the Safety Roundtable, to help prevent family violence,” Cr Giudice said.

In moving the motion at the Council Meeting, Cr Tachos said “Council is committed to ensuring that every community member lives a safe and meaningful life free from all forms of violence.

“We’re building a community based on equality and are keen to ensure every community member has access to equal resources and opportunities irrespective of their gender.

“Council is determined to continue advocating to the State Government for services that offer support to women, men and children who may be impacted by violence, and a support and safety hub would be a significant step towards helping people in need.

“Brimbank is the heart of Melbourne’s west, which is Australia’s fastest growing region. We believe the Victorian Government must take this into account when deciding the location for a support and safety hub,” Cr Tachos said.

Brimbank City Council’s Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women: Towards Gender Equity (2015-2019) identifies key priorities to guide Council in taking actions to advance gender equity and prevent violence against women.