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Prevention of violence against women and children

Mount Alexander Shire Council is committed to preventing violence against women and children through promoting gender equity. Our focus is on the prevention of violence before it occurs.

We are actively working with the community to reduce violence against women and children in the following ways:

Gender Equity Statement

The Gender Equity Statement demonstrates our commitment to gender equity, both within our core business and in the community.

View the statement.

Whilst the statement does not have a particular focus on violence against women, we recognise that promoting gender equity is one of the key steps towards preventing violence from occurring.

Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children

The Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children was developed by Council in 2014.

View the plan
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The Action Plan is based on the framework of Loddon Mallee Action Plan for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women. It demonstrates our commitment to implementing actions to the prevention of violence against women and children.

View the Loddon Mallee Action Plan.

Breaking the Silence Card

Developed in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Shire Council, this resource card lists local and state-based services available to people experiencing, or at risk of, family violence.

The Breaking the Silence card also aims to educate the community about available services, as well as signs or behaviours that indicate someone is experiencing family violence.

The card is available at community hubs around the shire including Castlemaine Community House, Castlemaine District Community Health, Castlemaine Health, Castlemaine Library, Civic Centre, Maldon Hospital, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, and Newstead Rural Transaction Centre.

View the Breaking the Silence Card.

Family violence support services and crisis contacts

Listed below are a range of services both locally and statewide to assist women, men and young people who have experienced violence, or are in potentially violent situations.

Service What they provide How to contact
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre Crisis support line, 24 hours, 7 days 1800 015 188
1800RESPECT National sexual assault, family violence Counselling service 24hrs/7 days 1800 737 732
After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line Crisis counselling for survivors of both recent and past sexual assault 1800 806 292 After hours support 5:00pm weeknight through to 9:00am next day and throughout weekends and public holidays
Castlemaine District Community Health Counselling support for individuals, family, children and young people 5479 1000
Hospital Castlemaine Health for urgent medical assistance use the Urgent Care Centre 5471 1555
Police For all emergencies 000
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