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Our Watch response to Government funding for violence against women

March 05 2019 By Our Watch


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Responding to the Government announcement of a reported $300+ million package for domestic violence, Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly, says:

"Today’s commitment from the Commonwealth Government, including a record amount for primary prevention, will have a significant impact on efforts to stop violence against women before it starts.
"Long-term, sustainable funding for primary prevention will help organisations like Our Watch continue to raise awareness, drive social change and support others to ensure we all live in a more gender equal society.
"To be able to change the story of violence against women in Australia, governments, charities, service providers and the corporate sector, all need to work together to tackle the drivers of violence against women and their children and ensure support for those who need it."

Notes to Editors:

Our Watch leads Australia's work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children. 
In response to the Fourth Action Plan government consultation, Our Watch submitted a response proposing 16 actions to be taken and recommended four principles to underpin the plan.
The 16 actions proposed by Our Watch in the Fourth Action Plan submission included:
  • the establishment of National Primary Prevention Hub;
  • commitment to a National Primary Prevention Monitoring Framework;
  • the development of a Second National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (to follow on from the existing National Plan, due to end in 2022).
The four principles Our Watch recommended to underpin the Fourth Action Plan, were:
  • Embed funding models and modalities that facilitate sustainability and impact
  • Embed a strengths-based partnership approach into the 4AP
  • Investing in prevention and response together
  • Taking an intersectional approach to prevention