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.

Need help?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.

Support services:

For more information on theDVproject:2650 contact Council’s Equity team:

Email us: equity@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Phone us: 1300 292 442