Family Violence Initiatives
Greater Dandenong Internal Family Violence Committee
In 2013, Council established the Greater Dandenong Internal Family Violence Committee to develop and guide initiatives to prevent violence against women, within Council and the wider community. The objectives of the committee include:
Challenge Family Violence Project
In partnership with the City of Casey, Shire of Cardinia and Monash Health, Council has commenced work on the Challenge Family Violence Project. The project is funded by the Department of Justice and designed to address the needs of women and experiencing family violence.
The project will include community strengthening activities and the recruitment of community leaders to address the underlying causes of family violence, such as gender stereotypes and unequal power relationships between males and females within our society.
Council will also work with faith leaders to develop a resource kit to enable faith communities to respond to and prevent family violence within their own settings.
South East Metropolitan Sub Regional Accord to Prevent Men's Violence against Women
Men’s involvement in the movement to end violence against women is integral to the achievement of lasting social change.
The South East Metropolitan Sub Regional Accord to Prevent Men's Violence Against Women is an initiative of the CHALLENGE Family Violence Project.
CHALLENGE Family Violence participants from business, government, education, sport, faith and cultural groups present this accord to the community as a statement of intent and a commitment work together to prevent gendered violence. This Accord embodies a commitment by signatories to collaborate in the prevention of gendered violence.
Faith and community leaders involved in the CHALLENGE Family Violence project have signed the Accord pledging their commitment to preventing men’s violence against women.