Today, Our Watch and Victoria University have announced a five-year partnership to take tangible, evidence-based action on student safety.
Primary prevention is an ambitious long-term goal which needs urgent national attention. The actions we take today have a meaningful impact on the goal we all share – to stop violence before it starts.
The partnership includes:
- The full implementation of Educating for Equality, the whole of institution approach to primary prevention of gender-based violence.
- Funding for monitoring and evaluation to expand the evidence base, with the learnings shared across the higher education sector to support prevention work across the country.
- Strengthening the intersectional approach to primary prevention, with a particular focus on violence experienced by women and girls with a disability and the LGBTIQA+ community.
- A commitment to collaborate with Indigenous students and staff to apply culturally-appropriate and evidenced measures to prevent violence against First Nations people and communities.
Universities have a vital role to play in preventing gender-based violence and ensuring every student is safe, respected and equal.
To read more about Our Watch’s work with universities and TAFEs please visit: tertiaryeducation.ourwatch.org.au
Shannon McKeogh, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (email@example.com or 0412 612 039) or firstname.lastname@example.org
*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 guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.
About Our Watch
Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms, and structures that lead to violence against women and children.