The Safer Community Program is here to help you. If you, or someone you know, has experienced family violence, we are here to provide support, referrals and information to assist you.
The Safer Community Program is the University’s support service for the reporting and management of all concerning, inappropriate and threatening behaviours. In addition to providing you with wellbeing support, the Safer Community Program can help you understand the options available to you to address the behaviours of concern.
Phone: +613 9035 8675
Student appointments: Book a Stop 1 adviser
Staff appointments: Telephone or email using the contact details above to book an appointment.
The Safer Community Program is located in Stop 1 (Parkville), 757 Swanston Street.
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Family violence is defined as behaviour by a family member that creates fear and control over their partner, ex-partner or other family members. (Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008)
These behaviours can include:
- Physical assault (e.g. hitting, pushing, burning or choking, rough or neglectful care giving)
- Sexual violence (e.g. being forced to perform sexual acts)
- Financial abuse (e.g. withholding money, food, medicine, property damage, or dowry related abuse)
- Psychological and/or verbal abuse (such as threats, repeated put downs, name calling, sexist, racist, ageist, ablest or homophobic abuse)
- Causing a child to hear, see or be aware of violent acts (for example by hearing fights, seeing injuries or damage).
The law defines family broadly to include:
- Intimate partners (e.g. husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, defactos, same sex partners)
- Children, siblings, adult children
- Step family (e.g. mother's new partner or father's new partner or their children)
- A relative or extended family such as a grandparent, father-in-law or mother-in-law, aunt, uncle, blended or cultural family member
- A carer who is like a family member.