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Published Tuesday 23 November 2021
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Respect is growing in Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire Council is once again standing united alongside its community for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism begins on November 25, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism coincides with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 2021 campaign theme, led by Respect Victoria, Domestic Violence Victoria and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre, is ‘Respect Is…’

This is a positive message that aims to support Victorian communities to engage in conversations about ‘respect’ – what respect means to us, what respect looks like and how to put respect into practice, especially in the context of gender equality.

There is no single cause of violence against women. But current international evidence, outlined in Change the Story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, demonstrates that higher levels of violence against women are consistently associated with lower levels of gender equality in both public life and personal relationships.

This year, Council, partner agencies and community groups across the Shire have a range of activities, workshops and opportunities to learn about the gendered drivers of violence, so we can act collectively to make an impact and take a stance.

As a municipality with significantly high family violence rates, Council, as a collective, is making it clear that this is not tolerated or accepted within our community.

From 25 November to 10 December 2021, you can pick up a free packet of native flower seedlings from Council libraries and community centres across the shire.

While planting the seedlings, you’re encouraged to start a conversation about how ‘Respect is growing’ in Mitchell. Your conversation might be about how you will grow respect in your workplace, with family and friends or in our community.

There are many other activities happening during the campaign, so check our website for more details.

Family violence in Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire is ranked number 11 out of 79 Victorian Councils for family violence incidents.

Tragically, new data shows that 2020 was the first year in which all of Mitchell’s townships experienced a family violence incident rate higher than the state average.

Council, community and service provider partners are working to reduce the alarming rates of family violence throughout the region and will continue to strongly advocate for improved mental health and family support services to all levels of government.

One of Council’s priorities for the upcoming Federal Election is securing funding for the Seymour Integrated Health and Community Hub.

Council’s previous advocacy work in this area lead to the establishment of the recently completed Wallan Community Services Hub which includes an Orange Door access point.

This access point will help people speak directly to workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services.

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

Contact the Orange Door on 1800 634 245 or visit

Get support

If you or someone you know needs help or support, the following services are available to help:

  • The Orange Door: 1800 634 245 or
  • Safe Steps (24/7 Family Violence Response Line): 1800 015 188
  • 1800 RESPECT (24/7 sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service): 1800 737 732
  • Nexus Primary Health: 1300 773 352
  • Men’s Referral Service: (24/7 professional support and information service for Australian men): 1300 466 491
  • Seniors Rights Victoria: 1300 368 821
  • The Bridge Youth Service: Seymour 03 5799 1298 or Wallan 03 5799 1298
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative: 03 5820 0000
  • Rainbow Door: 1800 729 367
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence: 1800 755 988

Comments from Mayor Cr Bill Chisholm

“We will once again stand with our community by taking part in the 16 Days of Activism campaign to highlight our stance as an organisation against violence," he said.

“Respect comes in many different forms. Respect is equality. Respect is equal pay for equal work. Respect is being treated how you want to be treated."

“The campaign provides an opportunity for us to partner with agencies across the Shire to collectively make an impact and stand united. As a Shire with significantly high family violence rates, we want to send a clear message – violence will never be tolerated or accepted in our community.

“We all have to work together to acknowledge the problem and find practical and worthwhile solutions.”


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This page was last updated on 24 November 2021.