Family violence

What is family violence?

Family violence includes any actions where a family member threatens, harms, intimidates, controls or victimises another person within a family relationship or household. 

These actions can include physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial and other forms of abuse. All types of abuse and violence are harmful and against the law.

If you are being abused, it is important to understand that the violence is not your fault.

Services and support

If you are in immediate danger phone Victoria Police on 000.

For 24-hour help you can call:

Other services include:

Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy

Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-2020 provides the framework for Council and community partners actions to respond to and prevent family violence in Moreland.

A forum to inform the development of the strategy's first Implementation Plan 2016-2018 'Preventing Family Violence in Moreland - from Strategy to Action' was held on 30 August 2016. Further consultations with community partners are being conducted. The final Implementation Plan will be published on this website.

Email Council or phone 9240 1111 for further information.

Council's family violence initiatives

Council submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

In May 2015, Council made a submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (DOC 324Kb) or (Submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (PDF 634Kb) was prepared with input from Council staff and external partners. This submission was endorsed by Council on 13 May 2015.

Primary prevention - active fathers (2014-2017)

A three-year Council funded project implemented by Kildonan Uniting Care and program partner Merri Health Service to improve the capacity of Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service and other agencies across the City of Moreland to support new parents, including the fathers, in relation to the transition to parenthood, respectful and equitable relationships and infant wellbeing. 

Preventing homelessness among Arabic speaking women in Moreland (2016-17)

A 12-month funded Council project implemented by Vincent Care Victoria and project partners Kildonan Uniting Care and Salvation Army Crossroads Family Violence Service to support Arabic speaking women experiencing family violence in the City of Moreland. The project focuses on individual competency building and advocacy targeting Real Estate Agents and Community Housing Associations to reduce entry barriers.

Safe Haven for Pets - free temporary animal shelter for residents leaving family violence 

Council's Animal Management Team provides 7-10 days free housing for cats and dogs within the municipality for Moreland residents escaping family violence at home. This service can be accessed by family violence support services – see below - on behalf of their clients.

Convenor of the Moreland Family Violence Network

  • The Moreland Family Violence Network was formed in 1992 and is a group of professionals who represent Moreland service providers and government agencies.
  • The purpose of the network is to coordinate a partnership approach to raise awareness of family violence within the Moreland community, promote respect and equality and advocate on behalf of clients.

The network has been involved in a number of initiatives such as:

  • Week without Violence regional awareness campaign in October
  • International Women’s Day activities
  • Professional development and training.

For more information or to join the network contact Council.

Support for White Ribbon Campaign

Council supports White Ribbon Australia's national campaign to stop violence against women. More details are on Council's White Ribbon website.

Family violence affects everyone

Family violence tends to be committed by people in positions of relative power within a relationship against more vulnerable individuals with the consequence that women, children, older adults and disabled people are disproportionately at risk of such abuse.

Abuse can occur in all types of relationships, including young couples, older couples, people with disabilities and their carers, same sex relationships and heterosexual relationships.

Males are generally the perpetrators of family violence, while women account for the majority of victims. Any violence, perpetrated by either men or women, is unacceptable and against the law.

Children and young people can be affected by family violence, even when they are not being directly harmed. Seeing or hearing violence hurts children.Children have the right to feel safe and they should not have to live with violence or believe it is normal.