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Domestic and Family Violence

Say NO to Domestic Violence – Pledge to end Domestic Violence in our community!

Last year, there were 491 instances of domestic violence in the Georges River area.
Leave a digital pledge in your language about your thoughts and feelings about domestic violence and take a stand against domestic violence in our community.

Domestic and Family Violence is abusive or intimidating behaviour by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or cause fear. 

It doesn’t only mean physical abuse, it can also mean emotional, psychological, financial, sexual and other types of abuse, also known as Coercive Control. With the support of the St George Domestic Violence Committee, we have developed the Pocket Guide to Relationships, Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control, which provides helpful information on support services available for people in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, and where to seek help if you are in a threatening situation.

It can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location.

Council is working in partnership with local community groups, organisations, networks and key national associations to address domestic and family violence. We have hosted annual campaigns to raise awareness and educate the community on domestic and family violence including:

  • The Candlelight Vigil

  • No Domestic Violence Walk

  • Pledge to end Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic and/or family violence, please report to the Police or call one of the confidential helplines which are available for advice and assistance.


Crisis Accommodation for Women in the Georges River area

Georges River Council opened the first women’s crisis accommodation in the St George area in 2020. This new facility will provide a supportive space for women and their children affected by domestic violence and at risk of homelessness.
Council has worked in partnership with Kingsway Community Care since May 2018 to develop and construct the crisis accommodation, and will continue to support other critical referral and case management services.
A short video has been produced which provides a virtual tour of the centre and highlights the support that vulnerable women and children will receive, and reiterates the message that they no longer need be exposed to coercive control or domestic and family violence. 

Donation Drive

Georges River Council is calling upon the community to donate tinned and non-perishable food items for the women's crisis accommodation facility in Georges River. Donations of other household items are not required at this time.

Tinned and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Council's Customer Service Centre in Hurstville, Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

For more information on how to donate items, please contact Council on 9330 6400. 
Kingsway Community Care will also be accepting financial donations to support the facility and can be made by visiting the Kingsway Community Care webpage.

If you require immediate crisis accommodation, please call Link2Home on 1800 152 152 or the DV Line on 1800 65 64 63.

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