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Community Safety

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Community Safety

Background

Community safety is everyone’s responsibility. No one agency or government department can deliver this important aspect of livability, yet it is one of the elements listed by residents as being of most importance. Community Safety has many aspects. It includes:

  • Emergency management and recovery (from natural disasters, pandemics, accidents)
  • Road and water safety
  • Crime prevention, including domestic violence, terrorism/extremism, drug trafficking, etc.

It also includes general feelings of being safe, whether in one’s own home or while being in a public place at any time of the day or night.

The Victorian Government has set five priorities to make Victoria safer:

  1. Reducing harm – by identifying threats and preventing crime
  2. Increasing connection to the community – with high police presence and involvement in communities (creating community partnerships)
  3. Putting victims first – so they are at the center of policing and policy
  4. Holding offenders to account – so people who commit crime are punished
  5. Improving Victoria Police capability, culture, and technology – so they have the tools they need to do their jobs.

Principles that particularly impact on this element are equity, accessibility, connections, and flexibility.

Current Influences and key principles

CoVid-19 has had an incredible impact on public safety during the past 12 months and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Other influences include drug trafficking – as the supply network goes through the GSC from SA to Melbourne; farm safety (and suicide) as agriculture is a major employer in the region; bush fires have been and will continue to be of critical concern; and domestic violence prevalence is of concern across the region.

Indicators

Critical Indicators

Family Incidents Rate per 100,000 population
Adult population that feels safe on the streets at night

Supplemental Indicators

  • Adults (%) who felt safe walking in their area after dark “Yes, Definitely” – Victorian Population Health Survey
  • Criminal Incident Rate per 100,000 population - Victorian Crime Statistics Agency
  • Residential Incidents Recorded (No): Values
  • Community Incidents Recorded (No): Values
  • Other Incidents Recorded (No): Values
  • Child protection substantiations per 1,000 population eligible population

Potential Supporting Agencies and Partners

  • Victoria Police
  • Justice & Community Safety Dept, Victoria
  • Glenelg, Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians, and Warrnambool City Councils
  • Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West

Current Known Initiatives

Proposed Area(s) of Focus

  • Alcohol Cultures Change Minds and Lives
  • Freedom from Violence is our Right

Submission Form

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