Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women & Children Strategic Plan 2016-20

The number of people who are, or have been, victims of violence in the Australian community is unacceptably high.

This has been highlighted in the Australian media, with the tragic and avoidable deaths of women and their children at the hands of current or former partners or family members.

And the G21 region is not immune to this. In parts of the G21 region, the rate of reported family incidents is higher than the state average. Urgent action is required.

The Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020) aims to create a single plan for primary prevention, early intervention and responses to violence against women and their children in the G21 region.

The Plan also attempts to broaden and formalise the partnership base to include organisations supporting Aboriginal women, women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD), women with disabilities, rural women and children.

Click here to view the Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020)

Project Planning Executive Group


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Project Update (January 2018)

  • Project Planning Executive Group (PPEG) met at the end of November 2017 to discuss moving forward with a new governance structure to drive action under the regional strategy.
  • The new governance group will follow recommendations from a consultation with Dr Fiona Reidy. Organisations suggested by this paper will be contacted and invited to form the new leadership level group.
  • Systems Mapping exercise in Sept 2017 highlighted the factors that influence collaboration to prevent violence against women. The key themes identified were:
    • Understanding of prevention of violence against women – it is vital that people understand violence against women and the prevention of this issue. Some people found the language used difficult to understand and confusing. As a region we need to be consistent in our understanding and language to minimize confusion and maximize impact. The key to this is workforce development.
    • Organizational capacity- it was identified that organisations need to develop internally before they can effectively collaborate with others. If an organisation is supported to meet internal development goals, this can improve leadership support and readiness for collaboration
    • Shared objectives- agreeing on objectives regionally allows organisations to identify the role that is appropriate for them to contribute to preventing violence against women, whilst being part of a larger collective effort. Shared objectives relied heavily on leadership support and organizational readiness, which allows for coordination of effort and evaluation.

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Project Update (August 2017) - Gendered Data & Health Planning: A Resource for Local Government 

Women's Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West have designed a number of resource to assist local government in the planning of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2017 – 2021.

Resources have been developed for The City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and Colac Otway Shire and demonstrates the value of sex-disaggregated data, highlighting some of the most pressing needs for women in these communities.


Project Update (July 2016)

Dr Fiona Reidy, has been appointed as a consultant to develop the governance structure for this strategic plan. 

The development of a grant proposal has recently been completed for the 5 councils within the G21 regions, to develop an Action Plan based on the overarching Strategic directions (Photo below: Grant Development Working Group).

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Project News

The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State, joined community sector leaders to officially launch the Bethany Men’s Family Violence Intervention Centre.

​Multicultural Centre for Women's Health have released a guide that aims to assist people and organisations to develop violence prevention approaches, strategies and activities in ways that effectively engage immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women.

There are many key stakeholders within the G21 Region, committed to improving our understanding of family violence who are working together to reduce the current alarming rates of violence against women and children.

Intimate Partner Violence and/or Family Violence can occur across all communities, social classes, ages, cultural backgrounds and geographical areas. Family Violence Flexible Support Packages are designed to provide limited financial assistance to victims/survivors of family violence within the LGBTI communities. 

Australia Post are providing a free 12 month mail redirection service to support victims of family violence.

Project Events

Saturday, 27 October 2018 (All day) to Sunday, 25 November 2018 (All day)

The Barwon Month of Action aims to raise awareness and educate our community about men's violence against women and children.

Sunday, 25 November 2018 (All day)

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Sunday, 25 November 2018 (All day)

"Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price." — Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Related Resources

Women's Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West have designed these resource to assist local government in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2017 – 2021.
These resources demonstrates the value of sex-disaggregated data, and highlights some of the most pressing needs for women in your communities.

The Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 incorporates primary prevention, early intervention and responses to violence against women and their children in the G21 region.

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