Violence against women is unacceptable. Unfortunately in Brimbank, violence against women is an alarming problem with increasing reports of family violence. It’s up to us to work together with our community to create respectful relationships with all women and to be role models in Brimbank to reduce violence against women.
That’s why a group of people have come together to work on ways to address violence against women in Brimbank. It’s vital we create a safe community for all people and recognise the personal and social harm caused by violence against women. A powerful way to address violence against women is to shine a light on it, raise awareness about its many forms and discuss it openly in our community.
The Men of Brimbank Pledge about Preventing Violence Against Women has been created to raise awareness about and to address violence against women in Brimbank and to help create more respectful relationships. This project is part of the Men of Brimbank Group run through HealthWest Partnership and has been developed and designed by men and women living and working in Brimbank.
What can you do?
You can start by signing our pledge. It’s an important step in acknowledging the harm that violence against women causes in Brimbank and recognising that it is up to all of us to reduce violence against women.
- We live in a society in which words are often used to put women down – words are very powerful, especially when spoken by people with power over others.
- Be aware of sexual stereotypes and how they influence attitudes and behaviours.
- Talk with women about how violence against women and fear of violence against women affects their daily lives
- Talk with men about how violence touches their lives and what we can do to stop it
- Don’t remain silent – speak out against sexism and violence and be a role model
Take The Pledge
As a Brimbank resident I accept I have a role to play in reducing violence against women. It is my responsibility to work hard every day for change and gender equality; and to continually work to recognise and transform harmful attitudes that support sexist and violent beliefs and behaviours in myself and others.
I hereby pledge to speak out against sexism and men’s violence against women, to work with other men and women to create respectful relationships with all women, and to be a role model for other men in Brimbank.
Want to do more?
If you want to do more to reduce violence against women then join the Men of Brimbank group. We meet on a regular basis to discuss how we can raise awareness about and address violence against women. The group receives training and opportunities to help take a stand and be proactive in our community to work with others to reduce violence against women.
Do you or someone you know need help? Here are some great resources to help:
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
The national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 24/7 phone and online services.
Mens Line – 1300 789 978
Professional support and information service for Australian men. 24/7 phone and online services.
Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491
MRS provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years. 24/7 phone and online services.