Our Watch today welcomes the launch of the Fourth Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
The Commonwealth has committed $20.9 million funding for Our Watch, the national organisation established to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women.
The funding, over three years, will support Our Watch to deliver:
programs to reduce the disrespectful portrayal of women in the media and address drivers of violence against women
innovative, evidence-based social marketing campaigns
workforce development, building the capability for prevention practice across the country
Australia’s first primary prevention hub – working with others to improve coordination and maximise the impact of prevention efforts across the country
Responding to the COAG announcement of the Action Plan, Chief Executive Officer, Patty Kinnersly, said:
“The Fourth Action Plan is an important commitment to achieving substantial structural and social change to reduce violence against women and their children, acknowledging that women will never be safe unless they are equal.
“It’s imperative that we stop violence before it starts – so the continued focus on primary prevention in the Fourth Action Plan is welcome, as is the commitment from all governments to promoting gender equality as the key to ending violence against women.
“This Action Plan helps deliver on the National Plan’s commitment to work across prevention, early intervention and response to end violence against women. A holistic approach across the sector, enables the delivery of vital support services now, while simultaneously advancing primary prevention work to drive long-term nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that underpin gendered violence.”
Our Watch is pleased to see that the Action Plan strongly reflects Change the story, the national framework for primary prevention, and Counting on change, the national guide to prevention monitoring. These frameworks identify the need for a sustained, coordinated and long-term approach to address the underlying drivers of violence against women, and to promote gender equality.
As a leader in primary prevention, Our Watch looks forward to working in partnership with others to improve coordination and maximise impact across primary prevention activities, through establishing Australia’s first primary prevention hub. Our Watch priorities include building on and expanding evidence-based policy and practice that will help prevent violence against women, by working with governments and communities, and engaging with Australians where they live, play, work and learn.
The Fourth Action Plan outlines a valuable program of activity until 2022. However, the vision of the National Plan – that women and their children live free from violence in safe communities – is a long-term goal. Our Watch calls for COAG to commit to the development of a Second National Plan, to ensure this critical work continues beyond 2022.
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, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000″
To access guidelines for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.
Note to editors
A decade ago, the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (2008-09) produced Time for Action: the National Council’s Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2009-2021.
This provided the blueprint for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2021 (the National Plan), which was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and released in February 2011.
The National Plan is being delivered through a series of four-year plans that will build on each other over time.
The Fourth Action Plan, the final plan in the series was released on Friday 9 August.
Our Watch leads Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was established to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.
Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.