Ending Family Violence

Are you in immediate danger?

Call Triple Zero (000)

What happens when police are contacted?  Download the Koori Family Violence Police Protocols

For support contact Mallee Domestic Violence Service

For legal support contact Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service

What is MDAS, Community and the Victorian Government doing about family violence?


It's the biggest killer of women aged 14 to 44 in Australia.  And for Aboriginal women, deaths from family violence are double.

A hard-hitting series of commercials are airing on television screens across North West Victoria to confront the high rates of domestic violence in the region.

The project is part of the Victorian Government's Reducing Violence against Women and their Children Grants Initiative under the Koori Community Safety Grants Program. 

The commercials have been developed and designed by community members from Mildura, Robinvale and Swan Hill.  NBS Productions filmed and produced the TV Commercials at locations across Mildura, Swan Hill, Mungo and Robinvale using local community members as actors and production assistants. 

The commercials were developed under Mallee District Aboriginal Service’s Community Safety Project.


Watch the advertisements now airing here:

Talk's Cheap 

Too Precious

Sweet and Sour

Biggest Killer

Speak Up

What Images

The project has adopted a range of tactics to tackle family violence.  As well as the advertisements, the project has included events aimed at empowering and strengthening women and girls and programs targeting behavioural change in men.

Family violence is not just an Aboriginal problem – it is a community problem.  Mildura and Swan Hill have some of the highest rates of family violence in Victoria – 40 percent above the State average – but family violence rates are higher in Koori communities.

The advertisements deliver a clear message that family violence is never acceptable and the time to stop family violence is now.

Events held so far:

Robinvale Dilly Bag for Women April 2014

Mildura Men's Behaviour Change and Leadership Workshop May 2014

Robinvale Male Youth Behavioural Change Program October 2014

Swan Hill Male Youth Behavioural Change Program  December 2014


MDAS would like to formally thank the organisations and people who were involved in the making of the TV Commercials including Department of Justice, Mildura Base Hospital, Monash University, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police, Department of Human Services, Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative, Aunty Thelma Chilly and the LIN Group Robinvale, The Family violence Regional Action Group, Local and Regional Aboriginal Justice Action Committees and Indigenous Family Regional Action Group.  And our local “actors” from Community.