Prevention of Violence Against Women
In Australia, violence in intimate relationships contributes more to the disease burden for women aged 18-44yrs than any other risk factor like smoking, alcohol use or being overweight or obese.
The Preventing Violence Against Women Alliance brings together key health services in the G21 region with a primary prevention focus on violence against women.
For further details about this initiative, please contact the G21 Health and Wellbeing team.
Strategic Priority: Prevention of Violence Against Women
This project fosters a culture of change in attitudes, behaviours, social norms and practices that promote gender equity and the prevention of violence against women.
- PVAW Health Alliance Action Plan 2019-20 brings together key health services in the G21 region with a primary prevention focus on violence against women.
The action plan aligns with a number of state and regional plans including:
- Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan’s (2019-23)
- Free From Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women
- Safe and Strong: A Victorian gender equality strategy
- Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Children Strategic Plan (2016–2020)
- Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West’s (WHWBSW) Integrated Health Promotion Plan
- All five Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans in the G21 region.
Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Bellarine Community Health, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West and the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar.
Victoria Police have developed a suite of videos in multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.
This resource can be used as a step-by-step guide for creating your own Working Together with Men project, or to inspire and support projects you may already be running or creating.
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) will merge in 2020-21 to become a new entity.
History has been made with the Gender Equality Bill 2019 passing through Victorian Parliament – a landmark step in breaking-down discrimination and gender barriers in the workplace.
Clear, accessible and effective communication is vital in the prevention of violence against women (PVAW). It is a cornerstone of the widespread cultural and systemic change needed for PVAW, and has the potential to influence beliefs, attitudes and norms.