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Know Your A-Z: Preventing violence against women


We all have a role to play in stopping violence against women.

The Know your A-Z resources offer 26 ways everybody can help challenge harmful stereotypes, promote respect and prevent violence. 

You can download the free Know your A-Z poster and cards then print or share them online. 

Here are some ideas on how you can use the A-Z resources. 

In your workplace, school or club.

  • Put it up in your tea room, on the fridge, on the staff notice board, on the back of toilet doors, or office partition.
  • Share it with your colleagues in the newsletter or in internal communications. Encourage staff to take action, do research or submit ideas around the different actions.
  • Create an internal or external campaign
    • Pick a month and make it Prevention of Violence Against Women month.
    • Send out one A-Z image per day/week via email, newsletter, Twitter or intranet.
    • Use these prompts to start a conversation at lunch or add them to meeting agendas.  
    • Discuss what your organisation is doing to prevent violence against women.
    • Let clients, contacts and suppliers know what you are doing to take action and invite them to join you.

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Put it up near your desk in the office.


Share it with your colleagues, clients and contacts. 

Share it in your organisation's newsletter by including this update:

How can you prevent violence against women?

You don’t have to be an expert to prevent violence against women – we all have a role to play.

The new Know your A-Z tool from Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and Our Watch shows how easy it is for all of us to prevent violence against women just by doing simple, everyday things to challenge gender stereotypes and promote respect. 

Know your A-Z offers a different prevention action for every letter of the alphabet. Download the poster and other resources to share the prevention message with your friends, colleagues and networks. 


With friends and family

  • Download the A-Z resource for Facebook and Twitter. Share it with friends and invite them to join you in taking action to prevent violence against women.
  • Put the A-Z up in the kitchen or stick it to the back of the toilet door to start conversations with friends and family about preventing violence against women.
  • Have a conversation at home, choose a letter for the week and check in about how you’ve taken action.

Stick the poster up at home or in the staff room.


Share the downloadable letter images on social media.

Use the A-Z cards in training

Do you run training or facilitate groups? The A-Z individual cards make an excellent icebreaker or activity resource. With the A-Z cards you could:
  • Pass out one A-Z card to each participant. Ask them to think about the action relating to the card and consider what important message it refers to. As participants walk around the room, ask them to introduce themselves to a partner and spend 2 minutes reflecting on their card. 
  • Place the cards on the ground. Ask participants to have a look at all the cards and choose one that resonates with them. Then share with the group why they chose that card and what they need to do to achieve the aim of the card.
  • Use the cards as an introduction tool. Mix up the order of cards and leave one card on each seat before training commences. Ask participants to consider why their card is important. Then ask participants to introduce themselves one at a time (starting with whoever has the ‘A’ card). Ask them to state their name, where they are from and read out their card, offering a reflection on why the card is important
  • Put up the A-Z A3 poster after you have finished your training or presentation. 

Use individual letter cards for conversation starters.


Use them in training sessions as Powerpoint slides or hand around as cards.


Please send any feedback on these resources to enquiries@ourwatch.org.au