Trigger warning: this story talks about family violence. An estimated 1.6 million women in Australia of age 15 years and over have experienced violence by a partner. Jess* is a strong, independent woman who never imagined domestic violence could happen to her. When it did, she faced an awful dilemma: should she stay and raiseContinue reading All they want for Christmas is to feel safe.
21 September 2023 Today was the official opening of a new refuge trial site for people seeking protection andsafety from family and domestic violence. The low-key, invitation-only event at an undisclosed location was officially opened by Ministerfor Prevention of Family Violence, The Hon. Ros Spence. Safe Steps CEO, Dr Chelsea Tobin said, “Sanctuary is aContinue reading A sanctuary for people escaping family violence
CEO of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre, Dr Chelsea Tobin today spoke to colleagues from the family and domestic violence sector, at the No To Violence Conference. Dr Tobin told the packed room about the experience of her organisation, who last year took over 68,000 calls from women fleeing family and domestic violence, andContinue reading Those critical first 24 hours of escaping family violence
Safe Steps is delighted that the Walk Against Family Violence will take place again this year. It is an important and unifying event for the family violence sector and all Victorians who support the vital work of preventing family violence. While Safe Steps has led the organisation of the Walk in previous years we haveContinue reading 2023 Walk Against Family Violence – Looking forward to seeing you at the WAFV!
On Wednesday 3 May 2023 landmarks around Victoria will be illuminated in purple, and a Candlelight Vigil held to mark National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day. Last year, more than 60 buildings in Melbourne, Geelong and regional Victoria lit up to draw attention to this national tragedy. These include the Arts Centre, Bolte Bridge, Melbourne TownContinue reading Victoria lights up in purple as people gather to remember the lives taken by perpetrators of domestic and family violence
Safe Steps commends the Australian Government on the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children and its ambitious aim to end gender-based violence in one generation. The plan addresses many of the critical factors that drive domestic, family and gender-based violence that Safe Steps highlighted in our submission to the Plan and inContinue reading The National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children sets an important and bold ambition