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Preventing Violence Against Women
Violence against women is a human rights abuse and major public health issue. One in three Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a man in their lifetime and intimate partner violence is the largest contributor to preventable illness, injury and death in Australian women aged between 15 and 44 years.
Women's right to live free from violence is recognised in international agreements as a fundamental human right.
Violence against women comes in many forms and occurs in all socio-economic, age and cultural groups and locations in Australia.
Women's Health In the North (WHIN) recognises that the violence is never caused, invited or deserved by women and is always unacceptable.
Violence against women is prevalent, serious and preventable. To prevent male violence against women before it occurs, we must address the underlying causes: gender inequality and rigid gender roles.
For information regarding the work of the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) go to the NIFVS website.
On this Page:
- Building a Respectful Community Strategy
- Building A Respectful Community: Preventing Violence against Women in the North
- Prevention of Violence against Women Committee
- Violence against Women Factsheets
- PVAW Executive Update
Building a Respectful Community - Preventing Violence against Women - A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016
Women's Health In the North (WHIN) has identified violence against women as a priority area since it formed in 1991. An increasing focus on preventing violence before it occurs led WHIN to develop Building a Respectful Community - Preventing Violence against Women - A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016.
Developed by WHIN, with wide consultation and input, this strategy brings together the global and local evidence base and context, and summarises it in a regional framework. It outlines a shared vision and goals, and a range of actions for organisations to undertake.
To download a copy and for more information visit WHIN's Preventing Violence against Women Resources page.
Commitment from Partners
The vision and goals of Building a Respectful Community has been endorsed by 50 partner organisations, including all community health services, local governments and primary care partnerships operating in the northern region of Melbourne, as well as a number of other organisations.
See a list of banner signatories here.
Building A Respectful Community: Preventing Violence against Women in the North is WHIN’s regional infographic clip. It has been created as a resource for individuals and organisations working in the northern region of Melbourne to use and share.
Whilst it is impossible to convey the complexity of this issue in 3 minutes, this clip is a tool to start the conversation. It introduces the issue of violence against women, the regional strategy Building A Respectful Community and outlines the actions we all need to take to prevent violence against women.
The establishment of Northern Metropolitan Region Preventing Violence against Women (PVAW) Committee followed the creation of the BRC Strategy. The Committee has representation from the region's councils, primary care partnerships, community health services and violence against women response sector. Committee meetings are held quarterly and are convened by WHIN.
The Committee provides strategic direction on prevention of violence against women work happening across the region; guides the implementation of the BRC strategy and provides a networking opportunity for those working in the area of PVAW.
If you would like any further information on this Committee, please contact the Health Promotion Team at WHIN on 03 948 41666.
In 2013 WHIN released an evaluation report which was the culmination of a year-long evaluation of the northern region's collaborative approach to preventing violence against women. The focus of the evaluation was the regional approach to preventing violence against women, as guided by Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against Women – A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016. The evaluation investigated the the approaches used by WHIN to implement the strategy, and the benefits, challenges and opportunities of this approach.
The evaluation was conducted by Dr Deborah Western from Monash University's Gender Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit, and included a workplace survey with more than 600 responses, focus groups and interviews. The evaluation found that 'the integrated partnership approach has proven an effective method for engaging diverse sectors and organisations' and that it has resulted in a greater awareness of preventing violence against women, improved collaboration between organisations, and a higher priority given to prevention activities.
The report also identifies barriers and challenges, and provides ideas for future work and directions. The evaluation approach, methodologies and background are detailed in the Evaluation Framework and the data analysis and findings are contained in the Evaluation Report which can be found on the PVAW Resources page.
Violence against Women Fact Sheets for each local government area in the norther metropolitan region are available:
Leading Change from Within - Breakfast Forum
On 12th October, 2015 WHIN hosted the 'Leading Change from Within' forum. This forum was attended by staff from WHIN's regional partner organisations who are also working to prevent violence against women and promote gender equity.
The focus of the forum was on what organisations can do to create gender equitable workplaces free from violence against women. Three fantastic speakers, Dr Victor Sojo, Dr Michael Salter and Christine Nixon spoke about different aspects relating to the issue of gender equity and its relationship to violence against women.
WHIN's Preventing Violence against Women Resources page includes a range of fact sheets, background documents, resources and reports.