Family Violence Prevention Resources

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Ensuring support is available to people impacted by family violence

When undertaking family violence prevention work there is a good chance someone will disclose that they have experienced, witnessed or used violence.

The MAV does not provide direct support in relation to family violence, however, if you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, you can call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit If someone is in immediate danger call 000.

If someone is concerned about their own behaviour they can contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or visit You can also find out about the supports available through your council and services in your local area.

MAV produced resources

The MAV has produced a number of resources to assist councils and showcase their work to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. Some of these resources also assist councils to promote gender equality.

Publications of council case studies

Research and evaluation

MAV Preventing Violence Against Women Leadership Statement


The MAV produced a series of preventing violence against women information sheets for councils in 2014, with subsequent updates made to a selection of topics.

The MAV, in partnership with councils, VicHealth and women’s health services, produced a series of gender equity fact sheets in 2012 to support councils’ promotion of gender equity.

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Council produced resources

Council strategies and plans

Council strategies and plans are important for setting the strategic direction and commitment of council to preventing family violence and all forms of violence against women.

Council tools and initiatives

Councils have produced and wide range of tools and initiatives to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality.

Free from Violence 2017 resources

Councils participating in the 2017 Free from Violence local government grants program shared resources produced via the MAV’s promising practice portal.

If your council has any policies, plans, strategies, or initiatives you wish to share, please email

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Supporting resources

Our Watch national frameworks for preventing violence against women

Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. They have produced a number of important evidence-based frameworks providing the foundation for a coordinated and effective national approach to preventing violence against women in Australia. In these frameworks councils are recognised as the tier of government closest to community with a crucial role to play in achieving gender equality and preventing violence against women.

Rainbow Health Australia Pride in Prevention resources

Sport and Recreation Victoria Guidelines

Gender Equality Advertising Guidelines

National Community Attitudes Survey Towards Violence Against Women

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey, or the NCAS, is a resource for anyone wanting to understand and prevent the serious and prevalent problem of violence against women overseen by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). It has been conducted four times between 1995 and 2017, and aims to measure community attitude and understanding of violence against women, what influences their perspective and if it has changed over time. It also addresses gender equality and willingness to intervene when confronted by violence or its drivers. The NCAS was conducted again in 2021 with a report due for release before the end of 2022.
Reports have also been published specifically on people born in non-main English speaking countries and young people’s attitudes towards violence against women.