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‘A new mindset is needed’ - Our Watch welcomes final report of the COAG Advisory Panel

April 04 2016 By Hannah Grant, Media and Ambassador Program Manager

Our Watch has welcomed the final report of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children provided to COAG today, its Chief Executive Officer Marry Barry said.

“Our Watch commends the recommendations and six key simultaneous actions that the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children outlined in its final report released today,” she said.

“As the report states, ‘a new mindset is needed’ by all governments to empower women and their children and challenge pervasive community attitudes that reinforce gender inequality.

“The panel recommends that comprehensive and consistent strategies are required, right from primary prevention to response, if we are to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violence against women and their children in the country.

 “Our Watch particularly applauds Action Area 1 in its recommendation to address the drivers of violence against women - gender inequality and gender biases – to prevent violence against women," she said.

This echoes the current evidence outlined in Change the Story: a shared national framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children released last year by Our Watch, VicHealth and ANROWS.

“The report underscores that prevention activities must be reinforced across governments, corporates, institutions and community organisations,” said Ms Barry.

“We are pleased to see the importance of preventing of violence against women and their children recognised in both the Advisory Panel report and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Report released this week.”

“Without significant and distinct investment in primary prevention, we will never stem the tide of violence against women,” said Ms Barry.

“Real, long-term change on men’s violence against women can only happen if there is increased and sustained funding and support right across the spectrum, from primary prevention to supports services."

“Australia is already a world-leader in other public health campaigns using this same primary prevention approach, including in smoking and road safety - so we know that population-wide change is possible,” said Ms Barry.

“Major reductions in avoidable death, injury and illness have been achieved by understanding and deliberately influencing the underlying causes of smoking or road trauma through legislative reform, law enforcement, social marketing campaigns and targeted education.

"Our Watch looks forward to working will all governments across Australia under a consistent national approach to prevent violence against women and their children,” said Ms Barry.

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

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“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.”

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, South Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland 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.