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Preventing violence against women in your community now a reality: new toolkit available

December 08 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager

Communities in Australia can now take the next step in ending violence against women and their children, with support from an evidence-based toolkit released today by Our Watch.

As Our Watch Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry explained, the Community based prevention of violence against women and their children: A toolkit for practitioners was developed with communities, for communities.

“The toolkit was borne out of a community engagement approach piloted last year with two community organisations, Whittlesea Community Connections and coHealth in Victoria,” said Ms Barry.

Evaluation of the pilot showed a significant increase in participants’ understanding of respectful relationships, violence against women and what drives it. Participants also disseminated this knowledge more broadly in their communities after the pilot concluded.

“All women and children, regardless of cultural identity, ethnicity, religion or language have the right to live without the fear or reality of violence,” said Ms Barry.

“Community-based organisations are well placed and eager to prevent violence against women in their setting; this resource will give them the information and skills to get started.

“The approach encourages people to think about their role in the community and what they can do to prevent violence, and then supports them to make a tangible difference in their local environment.”  

“The toolkit helps communities understand the link between gender inequality, rigid adherence to gender stereotypes and violence against women, which is crucial if we are to stop this violence before it starts.

“Particular community groups bring together large numbers of people, and provide a ready-made environment to promote gender equality and challenge violence-supportive attitudes.

“I encourage all communities to utilise this resource as it is transferable across a wide range of settings where people live, work, learn and play,” Ms Barry said. 

You can read and download a copy of the Community based prevention of violence against women and their children: A toolkit for practitioners here.

Read the evaluation of the project here.

Read more about the project on SBS: Iranian-Aussie men learn about domestic violence, through soccer.

Media contact:

Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 or 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.”

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

About Our Watch

Our Watch’s purpose is to raise awareness and engage policy-makers and the Australian community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.

To do this the organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools; workplaces; media; sporting organisations; social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.

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.