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Our Watch welcomes Labor's $65 million commitment

May 14 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media Manager

Our Watch welcomes Federal Labor’s commitment today (14 May) of $65 million over six years to ensure Our Watch, 1800 RESPECT and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) can continue our critical work in tackling the scourge of family and domestic violence.

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Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said the election commitment would enable Our Watch to move ahead with its crucial work of stopping violence against women and their children before it occurs.

“This is an important commitment to Our Watch and to primary prevention,” said Our Watch CEO Mary Barry. 

“Today Federal Labor has recognised the significant role Our Watch is playing to prevent violence against women by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and gendered power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women.

“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. 

“Longer term support, such as that committed by Federal Labor today, is vital to the achievement of the broad, deep and long term cultural and structural changes. Significant reduction in violence against women will never be achieved ‘project by project’ – Australia needs a substantial scaling up and systematisation of primary prevention work in a coordinated way across settings and jurisdictions.

“Primary prevention focuses on strategies to prevent violence before it occurs – a vital component of a whole of system, and whole of population approach to ending violence against women and their children,” Ms Barry said.

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.