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Rotary SAFE Families has had our Guide to Prevention of Family Abuse in Australia translated into 6 different languages so far.

You can find this resource in English:  Guide_for_Prevention_of_Family_Abuse_in_Australia.docx in the Resources tab online at


The guides below are for the use of Rotary Clubs or the public to download and print as appropriate.

They will assist our more recent Australians to read and be informed of Australian law and models to prevent abuse in families. This includes abuse to women, men, children and our elderly.

Have your local printer print into simple format, including your own Club logo and leave copies at local community centres, refugee centres and locations where non-English speaking people meet. This is a fantastic way for your Club to create new relationships with diverse Australians.

So far, Rotary SAFE Families have translations into Dari, Hindi, Swahili, Mandarin, Farsi and Greek. We hope to have other translations in the future. We thank our translators for their generosity in volunteering their time and skills at no cost to SAFE Families. 

Thank you:

Oscar Chemarum (Swahili translation)     Swahili_Translation_of_Guide_2.pdf

Disha Mann (Hindi translation)                 Hindi_Translation_of_Guide_2.pdf

George Dimitriadis (Greek translation)    Greek_Translation_of_Guide_2.pdf

Noorshah Kamawal  (Dari translation)     Dari_Translation_of_Guide_2.pdf

Parvaneh Hashemi (Farsi translation)      Farsi_Translation_of_Guide.pdf

Vincent Chen (Mandarin translation)        Mandarin_Translation_of_Guide.pdf



SAFE Families with Rotary Hawthorn, is very happy to announce a supporting partnership with EDVOS and vice versa, EDVOS with SAFE Families.

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Who is EDVOS

EDVOS is the lead specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region. We work across the continuum of family violence including primary prevention, early intervention, response and recovery.

EDVOS is a not-for-profit organisation, primarily funded by the State Government of Victoria. EDVOS also receives grants and donations from other sources. 

  • We provide a broad range of integrated response support services for women, children and their pets who are responding to family violence.
  • Our training, education and primary prevention programs reach throughout Melbourne’s eastern areas and some extend across Victoria and Australia.
  • We prioritise the safety of women and children as a fundamental human right, while working to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for using violence.
  • We support women to make informed choices through programs and services that are individual, sensitive and evidence-based.
  • Our highly trained staff provide support, information, case management, safety planning, community education, programs for pet safety and a strong network of referral pathways to other services.

EDVOS areas of service

EDVOS is the lead specialist family violence service in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne and our response support services, education, training and primary prevention programs are available to more than 1.1 million people across the municipalities of:

  • Boroondara
  • Manningham
  • Whitehorse
  • Knox
  • Monash
  • Maroondah
  • Yarra Ranges

EDVOS History

EDVOS has been serving the community and supporting women and children responding to family violence for over 28 years.

EDVOS was established in 1994, as an amalgamation of family violence services provided by Outer East Domestic Violence Service and Inner East Women’s Service, EDVOS operated from a small residential home in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

EDVOS programs and services have expanded over the years to better support women, children, pets and animals responding to family violence in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne. We work along the family violence continuum and include primary prevention, early-intervention, response and recovery, which is underpinned by the current reforms led by Family Safety Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

We continue our productive partnership and strong relationship with Victoria Police.

We’re proud of our organisation’s legacy and continue to maintain a strong focus on the safety of women and children and the accountability of perpetrators of family violence.


Prevention Projects

For Children aged 0-6, Families and Early Childhood Professionals

What role can you and your Club have?

Promote the book Hope as detailed below in your Bulletin/Newsletter, to your school library, professionals including GP's, Psychologists, Educators, parents and carers. 


Hope, created by Author/Publisher Jayneen Sanders in partnership with EDVOS and Anglicare Victoria, addresses family violence in a way that is appropriate for children. Hope tells the story of a child experiencing family violence, and is written to provide children in family violence homes with a sense of hope and to lessen the traumatic effects of their own living situations. The book aims to reassure children that family violence is not their fault, and that they can discuss their concerns and worries about family violence with any trusted adult (e.g. teachers, carers, police, and other family members).

Hope is appropriate for all children and supports adults on how to provide a safe and supportive response when children share their experiences of family violence. The book emphasises that children are never to blame for family violence and that the accountability lies with the person choosing to use violence.

Hope includes a Safety Plan developed by EDVOS which can be used by health professionals working with children, early-years educators, school teachers and family members or friends who know a child that may be experiencing family violence. 

Proceeds from the sale of Hope go towards EDVOS Prevention projects and programs.




Next Newsletter, I shall have some outstanding, inspirational news and photos of an initiative with the Ten Million Hearts Foundation in Uganda and ... their Rabbit Project that SAFE Families is sponsoring. Onwards and Upwards, Dorothy






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