Local actions to prevent family violence
Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-20 (DOC 264Kb) provides the framework for local actions by Council and community partners to respond to and prevent family violence in Moreland.
The Strategy is guided by a number of policies at national, state and municipal level, including:
- National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010‑20
- Free From Violence - Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women
- Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change
- Safe and Strong, A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy
- Moreland Human Rights Policy 2016-26.
The Implementation Plan 2016-18 sets out the collaborative actions over the first two years to facilitate change within our organisation and community. There are six outcomes with respective key action areas, which reflect current work and service relationships. They also provide an opportunity for new partners to become involved.
Projects in each outcome area
The Year 1 Progress report (DOC 220Kb) includes an overview of projects underway in each of the six outcome areas.
Outcome 1: Children
Children grow up in homes and communities that are equitable, respectful and free from violence and abuse.
Exploring funding and partnership opportunities to build on the Council funded 3-year Active Fathers/ Active Dads project (2014-17). This project was implemented by Kildonan UnitingCare in partnership with Merri Health Service to enhance the capacity of Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service to engage fathers about parenting, child bonding, gender equality and respectful relationships. The project report was completed in June 2018.
Outcome 2: Youth
Young people feel confident and supported to engage in respectful relationships and equal opportunities.
Working with partner organisations and the Department of Education and Training to support secondary schools to implement the respectful relationships curriculum as well as support students in the transition from primary school to secondary school.
Outcome 3: Older people and people with a disability
Older people and people with a disability live in homes and communities that are respectful and free from violence and abuse.
Increasing awareness of elder abuse through activities targeting service clients and the community around Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2017 in partnership with Merri Health and North West Aged Care Assessment Service. Further, Council's elder abuse prevention toolkit has been reviewed and staff training rolled out.
Outcome 4: Women and girls
Women and girls feel safe and supported in their homes and communities and experience no barriers in social, economic and political participation.
The Council funded 9-month pilot family violence homelessness prevention project for Arabic speaking women was implemented by VincentCare Victoria in partnership with the Salvation Army Crossroads Family Violence Service and Kildonan UnitingCare. The project has ended and an evaluation report will be available shortly.
Council is reviewing the Moreland Statement of Commitment to Women. The purpose of the review is to:
- identify action priorities and opportunities for local partnerships to advance gender equality and inclusion within the framework of Council's Human Rights Policy (DOC 554Kb).
- To enhance community participation and ownership regarding Council’s activities to advance gender equality and inclusion.
The community is invited to participate in a range of review activities including:
- Temporary working group (November 2017 to June 2018)
- Focus groups
- Online survey (details to be confirmed)
- International Women's Day Forum (details to be confirmed).
The review will be completed by mid 2018.
Outcome 5: Men
Men feel confident and supported as carers and respectful partners at home and benefit from social networks that foster positive personal identities.
On 24 November Moreland Council's White Ribbon Action Team, joined by Councillors, employees, Council partners and community members marched from Coburg Town Hall to Victoria Mall to mark the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, also known as White Ribbon Day.
Outcome 6: Diverse communities
Moreland’s diverse communities have an understanding of the prevalence and impact of family violence and are supported to take action.
Supporting community groups and organisations to apply for and implement projects that promote social or economic participation, respectful relationships and wellbeing in their communities, funded through Council’s or external community grants programs.