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Voices for Change

VOICES FOR CHANGE

A guide to implementing a media advocacy program for the prevention of violence against women.

Violence against women happens in every community, suburb and town, and the voices of survivors need to be heard if we are to end violence against women. A media advocacy program enables women who have experienced violence to share their stories with the public through the media and other community advocacy engagements.

Building on our expertise in leading the Speaking Out program, Women’s Health East was engaged by Our Watch and VicHealth to develop Voices for Change.

Voices for Change: A Media Advocacy Program for the Prevention of Violence Against Women is a step-by-step guide with resources to enable organisations to plan and develop their own Media Advocacy Program with one unequivocal goal: to end violence against women.

Voices for Change is comprised on two essential documents – an Implementation Guide and Facilitator Training Manual.

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The Voices for Change Implementation Guide shares the practical experience of organisations in Australia that have pioneered media advocacy work. It outlines how to establish a Media Advocacy Program that can be shaped to your organisation, with women who have different experiences of violence.

Click on the relevant sections to download and read, or alternatively, download the full guide including appendices/resources.

Voices for Change Implementation Guide – full version

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: History and current context

Section 3: Why media advocacy?

Section 4: Is media advocacy for you?

Section 5: Program planning

Section 6: Working with advocates

Section 7: Creating and managing media advocacy opportunities

Section 8: Appendices

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A companion resource to the Implementation Guide is the Voices for Change Facilitator Training Manual on how to run media advocacy training sessions with women who have experienced family violence or sexual assault. It includes practical tools and resources that can be used as a part of the training sessions.

If you would like a copy of the Voices for Change Facilitator Training Manual, please contact Kristine Olaris on 9851 3700 or kolaris@whe.org.au

Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Key Priorities 2017-2020

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Following consultations with sexual and reproductive health service providers and advocates, the state government has just released Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Key Priorities 2017-2020.  The strategy, together with $6.6 million in new funding, is a step towards ensuring that all Victorian women, regardless of where they live and how much money they have, are given access to the sexual and reproductive health services and support they need.

The Strategy identifies four key priority areas for improvement including:

– Equitable access to high quality contraception and pregnancy termination services and information

– treatment and management of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause

– fertility and conception awareness, and

– prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

Royal Commission into Family Violence

 

On Wednesday 30 March 2016 the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence handed down it’s report and 227 recommendations to the Victorian Government. You can view our response to the report in the Media Release below, and our submission to the Royal Commission.

 

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WHE Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

On Friday 29 May 2015, the submission period for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence closed.  Along with many partner organisations in the Eastern Region, Women’s Health East put forward a submission highlighting key messages and recommendations.

Here are our ten recommendations to the Royal Commission:

1. That appropriate governance mechanisms are immediately put in place to oversee responses to family violence and that these ensure a distinct primary prevention focus. All structures formed must involve high-level representation from across government departments and the community.

2. The role of Women’s Health Services (WHS) in the prevention of violence against women must be recognised and strengthened. An additional ongoing commitment of 1.5 EFT per women’s health service is essential to enable the depth and focus of the required work. As leaders in prevention, WHS must have a clear role in the governance structure.

3. A gender equity focus must be central to any efforts aimed at preventing family violence.

4. The prevention of family violence requires a commitment to long term, coordinated action and evaluation.

5. There must be a commitment to a long-term family violence prevention policy, and to adequate funding for the implementation of evidence-based primary prevention initiatives under the new policy. This funding commitment should include funds for leadership and coordination, local action and evaluation.

6. Any policy or plan addressing the prevention of family violence should include a central focus on intersectionality.

7. Immediate funding of a 0.5 EFT program coordinator to support the Eastern Media Advocacy Program’s continuation.

8. Prevention policies and action should include responses to the pervasive and significant issue of sexual violence be expanded to include sexual violence against women outside of the family violence context.

9. A comprehensive response is required to further investigate and address the links between family violence and problem gambling.

10. The prevention of family violence in same sex attracted relationships requires attention and investment to build a more robust evidence based response.

To see our submission and read more about our key messages and recommendations to the Royal Commission, please click here

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Together For Equality & Respect Infographic

This infographic has been designed for Together for Equality & Respect partner organisations and others to use in their work. The infographic gives an overview of the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women and its underlying causes. It explains how everyone in the community has a role in preventing violence against women.

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