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Independent report: Our Watch driving real change on violence against women

June 14 2019 By OUR WATCH MEDIA

Our Watch, the organisation established to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that underpin violence against women and their children, has made a ‘considerable impact’ in just five years, according to an independent evaluation by PwC Australia.

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Since its founding in 2013, Our Watch has been working with policy makers, educators, the media, national sporting organisations, workplaces and young people to stop violence before it starts.

PwC partner Zac Hatzantonis said the report found that in that time, Our Watch "had proved itself to be a well-respected, trusted organisation that is driving change in the prevention of violence against women and their children."

"Our Watch provides an independent, evidence-based, impartial voice to the public conversation on violence against women and their children," Ms Hatzantonis said.

The evaluation, titled Our Watch, Our Journey reports that the organisation has played a critical role in bringing stakeholders, practitioners and governments together by providing a widely respected evidence base, common language and consistent approach to prevention that has been shared across the country.

Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly, said this finding reflects the organisation’s national leadership role in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children.

“We build and support a collaborative effort between organisations, governments and individuals across Australia for an impact that is greater than the sum of its parts,” she said.

Through extensive interviews and surveys with the sector, PwC concluded there was overwhelming consensus that one of the key contributions of Our Watch is the development of an Australian evidence base. In particular, the development of Change the story has made an enormous impact.

Ms Hatzantonis said the landmark Change the story framework “provides the evidence base for primary prevention of violence against women and children and also establishes a common language for those working to solve this complex social issue.”

Also released today, an interim review of the framework titled Change the story – three years on, found that since its launch in 2015, it has had noticeable impacts, both internally in providing a robust evidence base for the organisation, and externally in advancing the primary prevention agenda nationally with a range of key audiences, including practitioners and policy makers.

Together these reports provide promising early signs of the impact of Our Watch in the prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.
 
Our Watch remains committed to driving the shared national approach to primary prevention of violence against women and their children through evidence-based initiatives, and to continuing to improve its own work through rigorous, ongoing evaluation.

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Click here to see a summary of Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia