Call for Glen Eira Council to better protect victims of violence
“The council needs to make accessing support easier for victims of violence,” Mr Chawla said.
More shelters “will help” but were only one way of tackling the problem, he said.
“It’s vital council also uses its influence and leads by example to change attitudes that lead to men’s behaviour towards women.”
Police received 560 calls to cases of domestic violence in Glen Eira in 2013-14 — 8 per cent more than the previous year
Cr Thomas Sounness said family violence was “horrifying” and a safe refuge was “really important”.
But Domestic Violence Resource Centre executive officer Virginia Geddes said refuges were only a short-term solution.
“We need more (women’s refuges) and affordable housing in particular for women fleeing violent partners,” she said.
Ms Geddes wants councils to display more public information about domestic violence and promote gender equality.
In December, police formed Taskforce Alexis to tackle family violence in Glen Eira, Kingston and Bayside.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone SafeSteps on 1800 015 188.