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.

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Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017-2021

New-BRC-CoverBuilding a Respectful Community Strategy 2017–2021 works towards a gender equitable and non-violent community where women and girls are valued, respected and safe. It draws on current national and Victorian frameworks and strategies to apply an evidence-based, intersectional and regional approach to the primary prevention of violence against women for Melbourne's north.

It aims to guide, inspire and support organisations to prevent violence against women and promote gender equity across workplaces, community groups and neighbourhoods, services and facilities, and communications. It also aims to engage new sectors and organisations in this work.

The Strategy was developed by the Building a Respectful Community Partnership, an alliance of 25 organisations that are committed to working together to prevent violence against women, led by Women's Health In the North. This includes seven local governments, 13 health services and organisations, three community service organisations and a tertiary institution. All partner organisations have committed to taking action under all five goal areas of the Strategy over the next four years.

Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017–2021 builds on the impressive range of work occurring across Melbourne's north, and continues the collaborative approach that was established in the first regional strategy, Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against Women – A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011–2016.

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Preventing Violence against Women Infographic Clip

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.

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Prevention of Violence against Women Committee

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.

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PVAW-Evaluation-REPORT-2013-1PVAW-Evaluation-FRAMEWORK-2013-1BRC Final Evaluation ReportWHIN coordinates the evaluation of 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 2017–2016.

In 2013, WHIN engaged Dr Deborah Western from Monash University's Gender Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit to develop the Evaluation Framework and conduct a mid-way Evaluation Report. In 2017, Dr Western completed the Final Evaluation Report. All three documents can be found on the PVAW Resources page.

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Violence against Women Factsheets

Violence against Women Fact Sheets for each local government area in the norther metropolitan region are available:

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Leading Change from Within - Breakfast Forum

IMG 8018-2On 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.

IMG 8351-2The 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.

For more information about this event, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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WHIN's Preventing Violence against Women Resources page includes a range of fact sheets, background documents, resources and reports.

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Preventing Violence against Women Executive Update

WHIN produces a quarterly electronic newsletter for the leaders of government, health and community organisations about preventing violence against women initiatives in the northern region of Melbourne. To see our latest update, click here. To subscribe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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