The Handbook presents the ‘how’ of primary prevention and provides detailed step-by-step guidance, tips, case studies, tools and resources to support you in undertaking your prevention work. For the best user experience we recommend downloading the document to your computer and opening in Adobe Reader.
This Handbook was developed to complement Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Change the story brings together international research, and nationwide experience, on what drives violence against women and what works to prevent it. It establishes a shared understanding of the evidence and principles of effective prevention, and presents a way forward for a coordinated national approach.
The new Handbook translates that ‘big picture’ framework into ‘on-the-ground’ action. Change the story outlines the ‘what’ and ‘why’; this Handbook presents the ‘how’ of primary prevention.
Quick definition: Primary prevention – whole-of-population initiatives that address the primary (first or underlying) drivers of violence.
This Handbook has been written for “prevention practitioners” who are engaged in activities that aim to prevent violence against women.
We all have a role to play in preventing violence against women and everyone has the potential to become an effective prevention practitioner.
Practitioners may focus on preventing violence against women as part or all of their work and may be working in a range of settings or contexts. Here are some examples of practitioners:
The Handbook provides detailed step-by-step guidance, tips, case studies, tools and resources to support practitioners in undertaking their prevention work.
The key elements of primary prevention covered in the Handbook include:
Our Watch would like to acknowledge the support of VicHealth in the funding and development of this Handbook.
This Handbook draws on a large body of work undertaken by many different individuals and organisations. The Handbook was written and produced by Our Watch based on an initial draft by The Equality Institute. Valuable input on the initial version of the Handbook was provided by an Advisory Group comprising members from VicHealth, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, True Relationships and Reproductive Health, White Ribbon Australia, Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation, YWCA Adelaide and NAPCAN.