Equity at Council
Why the project?
Wagga Wagga is in the top 25% in NSW for domestic family violence (DFV).
Men’s violence against women and their children is a significant public health issue with serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children and the wider community.
With a domestic and family violence rate that remains 29.4% higher than the NSW state average, significant advances have been made to promote the importance of primary prevention strategies in addressing high rates DFV
Violence is not just physical. Family violence can also be sexual, emotional, psychological, social, economic, verbal and spiritual.
It is primary prevention that aims to change entrenched social attitudes of disrespect towards women and girls – disrespect that in many cases leads to violence.
In 2016, the Wagga Women’s Health Centre conducted a survey to assess the community’s knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence and gender roles. The findings were concerning, with results showing many members of the community hold low support for gender equality, adhere to rigid or stereotypical gender roles, and hold attitudes and beliefs that justify, excuse, trivialise or minimise domestic and family violence.
Read the findings from the 2016 Community Attitudes Survey.
It was in response to the results from this survey, that Wagga Women’s Health Centre partnered with Wagga City Council to implement a long-term plan for primary prevention, theDVproject:2650.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.
- Domestic Violence Line: 1800 656 463
- 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
- Link2Home: 1800 152 152
- Women's Legal Service: 1800 801 501
- Wagga Women’s Health Centre: 02 6921 3333
- Men's Referral Service: 1300 766 491
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
For more information on theDVproject:2650 contact Council’s Equity team:
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone us: 1300 292 442