Prevention of violence against women


We are committed to building a community that is respectful and where women can live free from violence, and the fear of violence.

Since 2012, Macedon Ranges Shire Council has actively worked with the community to reduce violence against women.

Statement of Commitment

Our Prevention of Violence Against Women Statement of Commitment was endorsed by Council on 25 March 2015.  You can download the Statement in Word(DOCX, 57KB) or PDF(PDF, 166KB) .

Rural Challenge

The Rural Challenge is a council led project, aiming to eliminate violence against women. The council works with CFA brigades and football-netball clubs in Macedon Ranges to promote and support action for gender equality in these organizations. The project is funded from November 2016 until July 2018. You can read the Rural Challenge project manual(PDF, 8MB) and contact Jessica Crofts via for more information or to participate in the Rural Challenge project. 

Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room is a colourful fiberglass elephant created in Wodonga by a group of women survivors of family violence.  The aim of the Elephant in the Room, as the name suggests, is to encourage people to talk about the often hidden issue of family violence.

The Elephant was on display in various venues in the Macedon Ranges between March and September 2015.

Action Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Emergencies

In 2015 we developed an Action Plan for Prevention of Violence Against Women in Emergencies in partnership with emergency management agencies.  This was the first plan of its kind at municipal level in Victoria.  

Our new 12 month Action Plan identifies a range of multi-agency actions that aim to prevent violence before it occurs in the context of emergencies.  You can download the Plan in Word(DOCX, 53KB) or PDF(PDF, 201KB) .

In March 2016, four and a half months after the Cobaw-Lancefield fires, the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Emergencies Subcommittee conducted a survey to learn about people's experiences and observations during and after the fires through gender lens to identify the potentially different ways women and men might be impacted. You can download the Plan in Word(DOCX, 27KB) or PDF(PDF, 201KB) .  

Family violence support services and crisis contacts

Listed below are a range of services both locally and statewide to assist women, men and young people who have experienced violence, or are in potentially violent situations.

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre: Crisis support line open 24 hours, 7 days.

Call 1800 015 188

1800RESPECT: National sexual assault, family violence counselling service open 24 hours, 7 days.

Call 1800 737 732

After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Line: Crisis counselling for survivors of both recent and past sexual assault

Call 1800 806 292 (open 5pm weeknights to 9am next day and throughout weekends and public holidays).

Cobaw Community Health: Counselling and housing support to women and children living in Macedon Ranges who are experiencing family violence. Located at 47 High Street in Kyneton.

Call 5421 1666 (business hours only).

Hospital: Kyneton District Health Service:

Call 5422 9900

Police: For all emergencies.

Call 000