Council is standing up to domestic violence
To combat domestic and family violence, Council works closely with the police, community groups and services.
Short and long-term strategies are also being used to address the causes of domestic violence. This involves:
- Support for local services and community help groups
- Raising community awareness and driving cultural change
- Looking at underlying causes of domestic abuse.
- Grants for not-for-profit organisations that prevent and respond to domestic violence
- Training and support for community workers, community leaders and advocates to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence
- Programs in schools - partnering with the police, local youth services and schools to deliver respectful relationship programs, such as Love Bites, and Rock and Water
- Working closely with local community services and groups
- Educating and raising awareness across different cultures and people least likely to report abuse
- Increasing public participation of women and girls in community networks, female only sports clubs and support groups
- Bringing gender equality to workplace culture, with support for those escaping domestic violence
- Raising awareness and support staff within Council itself
For more information see the actions identified in the Cumberland Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan or to get involved, contact Council’s Community Development Officer 8757 9359.