Our Watch has today welcomed the New South Wales Government’s announcement that the state will become its newest member.
The development means the Commonwealth and all Australian states and territories are now members of the organisation that was established in 2013 to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that drive violence against women and their children.
NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Hon. Mark Speakman, will make the announcement at an event marking the tenth anniversary of Time for Action: The National Council’s Plan for Australia to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2009‐2021.
Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AM says:
“Our Watch has always operated as a national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children, and the membership of NSW confirms we are truly national.
“Primary prevention of violence requires a collaborative and multi-layered effort, with all jurisdictions on board and all hands on deck. We thank Minister Speakman and the NSW Government for ensuring we are in the best position to tackle this scourge.
“NSW has been working in earnest in this space for years, but today’s announcement recognises the strength of membership of a national organisation dedicated to this task.
“The good news is that violence against women and their children is preventable, we thank the New South Wales government for joining our national mission to eliminate it.”
Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly says:
“Violence against women is a national problem that requires a national response. Already this year, 18 women have been killed – many by a man they knew.
“To end the violence, we need widespread social, cultural and structural change, and to achieve this kind of social transformation, we must all work together – communities and governments – right across the country.
“Our Watch was established under the National Plan in recognition of the specific need for a national, primary prevention approach. Our goal is to drive nationwide change in the practices, norms and structures that lead to violence against women and their children. We provide expert national leadership specifically on the prevention aspects of this issue.
“Our Watch is pleased to welcome NSW and looks forward to working together to create an Australia where women and their children live free from violence.”
Note to editors
NSW is the final jurisdiction to join Our Watch, which was founded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in 2013 and subsequently joined by South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
Joining Our Watch means the NSW Government is part of a shared approach to prevention that is articulated in Change the story the national framework developed by Our Watch, ANROWS and VicHealth in 2015.
It includes the development and implementation of prevention initiatives across a range of diverse settings, including education, sports, the media, and workplaces. These are initiatives that Our Watch is leading, guiding or supporting across the country, with ongoing work in policy and evaluation, media, marketing and communications, and practice leadership.
A summary of Change the story is available here and more information about Our Watch’s activities can be found here.