Through the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, endorsed by COAG, the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments identified the need for a national body to be established to address the issue of preventing violence against women and their children by motivating community action.
Our Watch was originally established in July 2013 as the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments. The organisation has since developed as a national organisation with all state and territory governments becoming members of the organisation.
Our Watch is a Company Limited by Guarantee with an Independent Board. While Our Watch has partnered with seven governments to date, the majority of Board appointments are independent from government.
As is standard in relation to government funding, Our Watch has reporting and accountability requirements under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.
Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.
Our Watch strategy
The 2019 Our Watch five-year Strategic Plan outlines four mutually reinforcing goals and ten objectives. The goals of the Strategic Plan are:
Australians understand the drivers of violence against women and their children and their role in creating change
Australians act to end violence against women and their children
We lead a national conversation about ending violence against women and their children
We are a sustainable and well-run organisation
Our Watch’s work is underpinned by research and evidence-based information and development of critical partnerships with government, organisations and communities. The outcomes achieved in the long-term will see a reduction in the incidence of violence against women and their children.
 A copy of the Strategic Plan will be made available as part of this project.
Our Watch works to drive nation-wide change in the social norms, structures, attitudes and practices that underpin and support violence against women and their children.
In 2015 Our Watch launched Change the story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women. Developed in partnership with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and VicHealth, the framework draws on a significant review of the international evidence on what drives violence against women, as well as comprehensive national consultations with stakeholders. Change the story outlines a national approach to prevention, involving diverse stakeholders.
Our Watch has made a commitment to take an intersectional approach to the prevention of violence against women and their children, acknowledging the diversity of lived experience, and that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy for prevention.
While addressing gender inequality is critical for the prevention of violence against women, Our Watch acknowledges that gender inequality cannot be separated from other forms of inequality. We are therefore committed to ensuring that our work considers the complex intersections between various forms of inequality, discrimination and disadvantage, including for example, colonisation, racism, ableism and heterosexism, and the role that these play in driving or contributing to violence against various groups of women. For more information on the Our Watch commitment to take an intersectional approach please see the Organisational Strategy the Strengthen our Intersectional Approach.
Our Watch is also committed to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and understands its role and responsibilities in achieving reconciliation. Our Watch shares Reconciliation Australia’s vision of a reconciled, just and equitable Australia: an Australia where the voices, experiences and ideas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are central, and where violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children is a thing of the past.
Our Watch is committed to the safety of children and young people that engage with our organisation. Where relevant, Suppliers may be asked to meet child safety policies and requirements, including having Working with Children Checks and signing the Our Watch Child Safety Code of Conduct.
Expectations of contractors
Where possible, and appropriate, Suppliers and Our Watch can identify opportunities for joint-capacity building. This might include presenting the outcome of your work to the Our Watch Staff, or a reciprocal exchange of expertise from the Our Watch Staff (e.g. Our Watch might upskill Suppliers in prevention of violence against women).
Suppliers are asked to consider how an intersectional approach can be brought to the project. We recognise this is a complex exercise, and that the nature of such an approach will vary according to the demands of specific projects. Suppliers who are successful will be provided with the relevant documents to ensure their work product is reflective of the Our Watch organisational values.:
The Our Watch Style Guide (e.g. referencing formats, preference for terminology)
Organisational Strategy to Strengthen our Intersectional Approach
Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-18
Other key Our Watch publications (e.g. Change the story)
Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.