A safe Victoria, for everyone.

It all starts with respect

 

A safe Victoria,
for everyone.

It all starts with respect.

Respect Victoria

A community built on respect is inclusive. It is happier. And it is safer.

Without respect: behaviours like sexist jokes, racist comments, discrimination and financial control seem acceptable.

That's why Respect Victoria is dedicated to changing them. We are a new organisation, focused on the prevention of all forms of family violence for all Victorians. No matter their, gender, age, sexuality or cultural background.

Prevention means stopping violence before it starts, by changing the culture that allows it to happen. And doing that starts with respect.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available.

We are dedicated to the prevention of family violence, which means stopping violence before it starts. Learn more about why we were established and where we fit in.

Primary prevention is about stopping violence before it starts. We do this by changing the culture that allows violence to happen. Learn more about our work to build communities based on respect.

Victoria is working hard to prevent family violence. We can do this best when we know what works. Learn more about our research into what works to stop family violence before it starts.

Many organisations are working to create a culture of respect. Learn more about how we plan to endorse these programs and provide a road map for others to follow.

Our vision is for a Victoria free from violence, where all Victorians are equal, empowered and respected, at home and everywhere.

Our latest campaign

This campaign brings men into the conversation about family violence, providing them with the tools to call out disrespectful and sexist behaviour.

Why? To some people, these behaviours can seem harmless enough or simply not their business, being between a husband and wife or a guy and his girlfriend.

But research shows they are actually some of the most well-known drivers of family violence. And even if a man being sexist or disrespectful isn’t actually violent, their behaviour contributes to the culture that supports and enables family violence.

We know men want to be able to call out this behaviour. We also know how important it is they do it. This campaign gives them the tools to call it out.

When to call it out

When someone is disrespecting a woman or making her uncomfortable, call it out.

It might be someone:

  • Making a sexist joke
  • Demeaning a family member or putting them down
  • Controlling how their partner or family member spends money
  • Controlling their partner's movements
  • Trying to stop their partner seeing friends or family.

If you don’t feel confident to call it out, there are still things you can do, which are explained below.

As long as you feel safe to.

How to call it out

You don’t have to say much. Just something. Watch these videos and you’ll hear guys saying things like: "That's not funny mate" and "That's not okay".

Why is it so important to call it out?

One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence and every week, one Australian woman is murdered by her current or former partner.

As a society, we can prevent this by building a culture of respect, where there’s no room for gender inequality, discrimination or marginalisation. Research shows these things are at the root of family violence. This is why it is so important to call it out.

Find out more about Respect Victoria's role in family violence prevention.

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