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New initiative to end violence against Australian women and their children on Our Watch

September 05 2014 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

Our Watch, a new national initiative aimed to prevent violence against women and their children, has been launched today by Board chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

A photo of Lieutenant General David Morrison, Miranda Tapsell, Elizabeth Broderick, Natasha Stott Despoja (with her daughter), Bess Price, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, The Hon Mary Wooldridge. Image


Ms Stott Despoja announced a high profile line-up of Our Watch supporters, including inaugural Patron-in-Chief, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Governor-General of Australia, and Patron, Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO.

“Violence against women is a national emergency - one woman is killed almost every week by a current or former partner in Australia,” said Ms Stott Despoja.

“Our Watch has a mandate to stop this violence before it occurs. We are calling on all Australians to speak out and take action to prevent violence against women and their children on our watch.”

Joining Our Watch to advocate for an Australia free from domestic, family and sexual violence is an impressive list of ambassadors, including comedian and television presenter, Charlie Pickering, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, human rights advocate, Khadija Gbla, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of the Australian Army, comedian and journalist, Stella Young, actor and director, Damian Walshe-Howling and actor, Miranda Tapsell.

To coincide with the launch, Our Watch released a video featuring two very different futures for Australia’s children; the first showing a future where negative attitudes and behaviour towards women are not changed and the second, showing a future where women and men are afforded equal respect and positive treatment.

The video, available online (http://youtu.be/tB7Pkcue9Rk) features many well-known Australians as well as domestic and family violence survivors, who passionately support the end of violence against women and their children, such as Shane Jacobson, Tara Moss, Kelton Pell and Rosie Batty.

CEO Paul Linossier said that the organisation aims to deliver tangible change in preventing violence against women and their children in the Australian community.

“Primary prevention is at the heart of our strategy. Our Watch will focus on four key areas; maintaining constructive public conversations, delivering evidence-based prevention programs, working with existing organisations, networks and communities to embed prevention practises, and influencing public policy and institutions,” he said.

Ms Stott Despoja launched Our Watch, along with its five year plan and strategic priorities to prevent violence against women and their children, with Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women; The Hon. Bess Nungarrayi Price MLA, Minister for Community Services and Women’s Policy (NT), The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, and The Hon. Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Community Services (VIC).

To view the Our Watch strategic plan, priorities and launch video go to http://www.ourwatch.org.au/.

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 or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

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 and South Australian 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.