Prevent Violence Against Women
Violence against women is preventable. Gender equality is the key to ending violence.
Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Australian women aged 18-44 years. Violence against women has profound, wide ranging, long term impacts on the health and wellbeing of women and children, families and communities. Three in ten Australian women report having experienced physical violence at least once in their lives, and two in ten women report having experienced sexual violence at least once in their lives. Almost one woman each week is killed by a current or former partner. In 2015-16 Victoria Police attended almost 24 family violence incidents each day in the Eastern Metropolitan Region .
Women’s Health East work towards ending violence against women in the Eastern Metropolitan Region by addressing the underlying determinants of violence against women, which are centred around power and gender inequality. We do this through working in partnership with other organisations in a coordinated approach, through advocacy and research, and by implementing primary prevention programs. Take a look at Together for Equality & Respect, the Speaking Out program and LGBTI Family Violence Prevention Project; three examples of how Women’s Health East is working towards preventing violence against women in Melbourne’s East.
For more information on this priority area check out our Resources and see the topic Violence Against Women.
Together for Equality & Respect
Women’s Health East is the lead agency for Together for Equality & Respect: A Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women in Melbourne’s East 2013 – 2017. The Strategy provides partner organisations with the opportunity to work together to prioritise, coordinate and integrate primary prevention efforts to prevent men’s violence against women.
All seven Local Governments and all eight Community Health Services, both Primary Care Partnerships, both Medicare Locals and the Regional Family Violence Partnership from within the Eastern Metropolitan Region, have been actively involved in the consultation and/or development of this Strategy. These partners together created a powerful vision, articulating what they believe this Strategy can contribute to:
- A society where women live free from men’s violence – where every girl and boy grows up to be equally valued, heard and respected, and with equal access to opportunities.
You can read more about the evidence that underpins the Together for Equality & Respect Strategy or learn about the Action Plan and how the Strategy is contributing to the prevention of violence against women in the Eastern Metropolitan Region by visiting the Together for Equality & Respect website.
*The Together for Equality & Respect Action Plan 2017-2021 is currently under development and will be available soon.
Speaking Out: Media Advocacy to end Family Violence and Sexual Assault
The Speaking Out program ensures that the voices of women who have experienced family violence and sexual assault are heard through the media and public events. Led by Women’s Health East, in partnership with the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA) and the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), the program seeks to influence a change in community attitudes and to promote the prevention of violence against women.
Established in 2011, the program’s main objectives are:
- To provide opportunities for women who have experienced violence to undertake advocacy;
- To recognise the importance of women’s voices and ensure that the voices of survivor advocates are heard;
- To contribute to a more accurate, sensitive and gender equitable public discourse on violence against women;
- To contribute to changing community attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women.
The Speaking Out program provides an opportunity for the community to hear from women survivors of sexual assault and family violence and to learn about the role we can all play in ending violence against women in our community.
Survivor advocates can share not just their own stories of survival but can provide insight and expertise on how we can as a community prevent violence against women.
Our advocates can:
- Provide personal insights on the impact of sexual assault and family violence
- Challenge commonly held beliefs around sexual assault and family violence
- Correct misconceptions and stereotypes about victims
- Provide information about where women can go for support
- Inform the development and review of services and systems, by bringing knowledge and experience of navigating the sexual assault and family violence service sector
- Encourage the community to take action to prevent violence against women.
To find out more or to book an advocate for an event or media opportunity, please contact Women’s Health East on 9851 3700 or email@example.com.
Speaking Out Program Flyer (pdf)
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 the Voices for Change manual.
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.
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.
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 Ari Milecki on 9851 3700 or AMilecki@whe.org.au
LGBTI Family Violence Prevention Project
Women’s Health East welcomes funding from the Victorian government to deliver a ground-breaking participatory project to help prevent family violence in LGBTI relationships.
This innovative project is an Australian first. It will support LGBTI young people to recognise and develop, healthy, equal and respectful relationships, and encourage local providers to identify and respond to the discrimination and violence faced by LGBTI young people.
Women’s Health East will work with LGBTI young people to investigate and co-design appropriate and relevant resources. These resources will be disseminated across the state to support the development of respectful relationships.
See our media release about the project here.