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It’s up to you. It’s up to me. It’s up to us.

Challenge stereotypes
Call out sexist attitudes
Speak out if you hear excuses for violence or victim blaming
Spread the word that violence is never an option or a solution and there is NO excuse
Acknowledge respect and equality when you see it
Celebrate our role models

Together we can work to end violence against women
and children.

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What you can do

Speak out and take action against sexism, rigid gender stereotypes, discrimination and harassment to help end violence against women and their children. Never intervene in unsafe situations and always call “000” for help.

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Latest News

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from
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Media Resources

Our Watch seeks to engage with the media through specific programs and guides for journalists who report on violence against women and their children.

National media engagement project

The National Media Engagement Project aims to improve media reporting on violence against women and their children.

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Our Watch will work with survivors, the violence against women sector and media, to build on successful projects already operating and develop new initiatives. The aim is to build the media’s understanding of prevention, and its ability to report on the issue in a factual, ethical and sensitive way.

Violence against women: Key Statistics

Guides for journalists

  • Reporting on sexual violence

    A guide to reporting on sexual violence - for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way.

    Click to view guide – PDF, 492KB
  • Reporting on domestic violence

    A guide to reporting on domestic violence – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way.

    Click to view guide – PDF, 471KB
  • Reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence

    A guide to reporting on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way.

    Click to view guide – PDF, 476KB
  • Reporting on child sexual abuse

    A guide to reporting on child sexual abuse – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way.

    Click to view guide – PDF, 467KB
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Purpose

Strategic Plan

Download a copy of Our Watch Strategic Plan to read more about our vision, programs and a message from our Chair.

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strategic plan

Policy Documents

Our Watch commissioned a series of policy briefs to assist in the development of our strategic program of work. Each brief provides a summary of the subject issues and evidence. They will be published progressively over the next six months.

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Governance

A message from our Chair Natasha Stott Despoja AM

Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM headshot

"Violence against women and their children has been minimised, excused and often ignored.
Public discussion has grown, but so have the disclosures and the deaths. In Australia, almost every week, one woman is killed, most often by an intimate or former partner. "

Read more from Natasha Stott Despoja, AM

It is known by many names and manifests in many forms: family and domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, harassment, dating violence, unwanted kissing and sexual touching, rape, threats against children and femicide.

No matter what form it takes, it is well-recognised that one effect of this behaviour is to control through fear, and to place the safety and well-being of women and children at risk.

The long history of dedicated work by the women’s movement, both individuals and organisations, to prevent violence against women and their children, has most recently been given public expression through our government’s commitment to the twelve year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022).

For this aspiration to become a reality it has to also be held by the wider community and civil society.

Our Watch has been established for just this purpose; to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.

Our vision is an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence.

Our mandate is to stop violence before it happens.

In our first year, we engaged carefully with a wide range of stakeholders1, as well as talking to many experienced professionals and individuals. We will continue to work closely with a range of partners to ensure the diversity of our communities are involved and heard.

Our work derives from the National Plan and this five year Strategy gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead and more2.

We will break new ground, acting as a catalyst for change and new responses, stimulating public understanding and appetite, and growing community engagement and specialist skills and knowledge.

Our work will always be based on sound research and strong and diverse partnerships.

We have reviewed the evidence about what it takes to make a difference. We have crafted a theory or model to effect change and we are ready for sustained and effective action.

Ending violence against women and children is a national priority and community responsibility.

Together we can work to end violence against women and their children. It’s time to speak out and take action on Our Watch.


1 Westwood Spice (2013) The Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children Report of the National Consultations
2 The Department of Social Services (2014) Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead – of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 (the Second Action Plan)

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Board of Directors

The Our Watch board comprises the Chair and six directors.

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Sponsors, partners and funding bodies

Our Watch is supported by the Commonwealth Government, the Victorian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the South Australian Government.

Our Watch welcomes partnership and sponsorship opportunities with organisations that share
our vision of an Australian community free from violence against women and their children.

If you would like to discuss these matters, please contact:
Mr Paul Linossier - Chief Executive Officer paul.linossier@ourwatch.org.au

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