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Tasmania to appoint Primary Prevention Officer in national first

July 3, 2019 / Our Watch media team

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​Australia’s shared, national approach to promoting gender equality and ending violence against women has this week been further bolstered by a new partnership model between Tasmania and Our Watch.

Premier Will Hodgman MP and Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja AM launching Safe Homes, Safe Families in 2015 (Picture: Richard Jupe Source: News Limited)

Tasmanian Premier and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Will Hodgman MP announced the partnership on 1 July as part of Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, a new three-year, $26 million plan to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence that features an increased focus on primary prevention.

The plan includes establishing an Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer in Tasmania. The state has been a member of Our Watch since 2015 and is the first in Australia to establish such a role.

Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the Tasmanian Government demonstrating its commitment to primary prevention by taking these steps, in a national first partnership model between Our Watch and a State government.

“A shared, national approach is the only way to challenge the structures, norms and practices that allow gender inequality and violence against women and children to continue.

“We look forward to collaborating in this new way with a member jurisdiction, and to learning from each other as we work to stop violence before it starts.”

Read Premier Hodgman’s announcement on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

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Laurelle Keough, Manager, Media and Communications: 0448 844 930 or media@ourwatch.org.au

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