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Voices Behind the Door

Voices Behind the Door is a new podcast which has been developed by the City of Greater Dandenong with Wayss who provide specialist family violence services. It has been partly funded by a grant from the Municipal Association of Victoria for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The stories shared in this podcast come from the perspectives of various people. They are designed to give voice to the stories that happen behind the door

The issues discussed in the podcast are very sensitive and at times confronting. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence there are organisations who can help you and can be found below.

Where appropriate and to protect the privacy of victim survivors, these stories have been read by others.

Episode 1 - First Responders

In Episode one of Voices Behind the Door we hear from the police. For the police, family violence is a major part of the job. With around half of call outs as a response to family incidents the impact is great. In this interview we hear about the mental readiness required and impact family violence has on first responders.

Episode 2 - Emma's Story

In this episode of Voices Behind the Door we consider the stories we tell children to keep them safe. Children hear, children witness and children can be the victims of family violence. Experiencing family violence can affect a child’s mental wellbeing and contribute to poorer education outcomes and a range of behavioural issues. As you will hear, mums often create words and games to shield the children from the violence.

Episode 3 - Laila's Story

In this episode of Voices Behind the Door we hear Laila’s story. With the promise of a husband and new life, Laila married and moved to Australia. Here, she was confronted with servitude, abuse and fear. This epsiode is also available in Dari. 


Episode 4 - Sarah's Story

In this episode of Voices Behind the Door, you will hear Sarah’s story. Now in her late twenties and a mum of three children, Sarah was young woman who thought she married the man of her dreams only to find out all he wanted to do was to control her. This control quickly turned to violence.


Episode 5 - Champions of Change - Greater Dandenong CEO John Bennie PSM

In this episode of Voices Behind the Door, you will from John Bennie PSM, CEO of the City of Greater Dandenong.  The City of Greater Dandenong is recognised for its ongoing and proven commitment to preventing violence against women.


If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence

Call Triple Zero (000), if you are in immediate danger.

For 24/7 crisis support and accommodation in Victoria for women and children call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188.

For counselling or advice Australia-wide, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Men’s Referral Service can provide support and information on 1300 766 491.

Wayss is your local Specialist Family Violence and Homelessness services provider in southern Melbourne. Call 9791 6111 or visit wayss.org.au