Prevention of Family Violence

Northern Grampians Shire Council has a responsibility to work toward prevention of family violence before it happens and promote prevention in the community.


If you need support, please call 1800 RESPECT or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or requires assistance from Victoria Police please call 000.


1800 Respect 1800 737 732 (24/7 helpline)

Safe Steps 1800 015 188 (24/7 helpline)

The Orange Door (Wimmera) 1800 271 042

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 (24/7 helpline) - support for men who use violence


Family Violence is a serious and widespread problem:

  • On average one woman a week is killed by their current or former partner

  • Every 6 minutes police attend a family violence incident

  • Children are present in 30 per cent of family violence incidents attended by Police.


With Family Violence statistics continuing to rise in our shire, Northern Grampians Shire Council has committed to creating and sustaining an environment where families are safe and protected from violence by:

  • Appointing a Prevention of Family Violence Officer.

  • Adopting a Family Violence Support Policy and Procedures

  • Mandatory training for all employees

  • Creating an Advisory Group to promote and embed Primary Prevention across the Shire


For more information, please contact Sandy Bevan, Family Violence Prevention Officer: or call 03 5358 9009.


Awareness of Violence Against Women

The Northern Grampians region experiences high rates of family violence. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed in our community. It is important that all members of our community stand up and speak out for those who have experienced gender-based violence. 

Northern Grampians Shire Council is a proud member of the Women's Health Grampians CoRE Alliance.


Local Support:


The Orange Door in Wimmera (Wimmera Southwest)

Phone: 1800 271 042

Address: 3-7 Madden Street, Horsham, 3400

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays

Services offered:

  • Women, children and young people's family violence services

  • Child and family services

  • Aboriginal services 

  • Men's family violence services


For help or assistance:


1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service



Statewide, after-hours services:

1800 015 188
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This service is for woman and children who are victims of family violence. There is also a web chat support service available Monday to Friday 9am until midnight.

1800 819 817 or text 0427 767 891
8am to 11pm, 7 days a week. A service for adult male victims of family violence and victims of violent crime.

13 12 78
5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays. For for children and young people whose safety is at risk

1800 806 292
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

For victims of sexual assault

1300 766 491
8am to 9pm Monday to Friday

9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

A service for people at risk of using family violence. The service is free, confidential, expect support for men and their family and friends.

1800 55 1800
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service for young people aged between five and 25 years of age.

1800 729 367 or text 0480 017 246

10am to 5pm, 7 days a week

Specialist advice to LGBTIQ+ people and their friends and families.

1300 78 99 78
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

This service offers both telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns.