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​Our Watch welcomes Coalition Government’s $20million commitment to prevent violence against women

June 17 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager

Our Watch welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment today (17 June) of $20 million over three years to prevent violence against women and their children in Australia.

Investment in both prevention and response services is critical if we are to end the abuse of 1 in 4 women in Australia, Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Marry Barry said today.

“Today’s announcement by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, is an important commitment to Our Watch and to primary prevention,” she said. 

“There is no getting away from the fact that biggest risk factor for becoming a victim of sexual assault, domestic or family violence in Australia today is being a woman. 

“Significant evidence indicates that to end this violence we must embed gender equality in everywhere we work and play such as in schools, workplaces, media and sport.

“Investment in prevention, and in Our Watch in particular, will ensure we can continue our work in creating a culture where equality and respect are paramount and violence against women a thing of the past,” she said. 

“Changing these deeply entrenched drivers of violence can take years, if not generations, therefore long term funding at a level sufficient to affect change across the whole of our community is essential,” said Ms Barry.

The funding commitment was announced at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where the Australian Football League (AFL), Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Netball Australia and the National Rugby League (NRL) today committed to work together with Our Watch to prevent violence against women.

According to the Government, the $20 million will be invested in initiatives that are designed to:

  • Develop and promote prevention strategies with local government, businesses, sporting organisations and community groups, including intensive work with remote Indigenous communities;
  • Support Our Watch to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children; and 
  • Reach out to men and fathers, with specific assistance for first time fathers, to ensure they are aware of their influence as role models;
  • Empower women and those around them with information to identify ‘red flags’ for violence, such as controlling behaviour and emotional and financial abuse. 
Our Watch was established in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and State of Victoria to drive the prevention of violence against women and their children. The Northern Territory, South Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland governments have also since become members of the organisation.

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.”

Access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children.

About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
 
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory, South Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and ACT governments have also since become members of the organisation.
 
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.