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What we do

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Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. We work to embed gender equality and prevent violence where Australians live, learn, work and socialise. 

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2013 by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Since that time, all State and Territories Governments have joined as members.

Our Watch was established under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and continues under the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.

We focus on the following areas: 


Everything we say and do is informed by research and evidence. We are committed to building and extending our understanding of what drives violence against women and what works best to prevent it, and we embed this knowledge into our tools, resources, training, policy and campaigns. 

Find out more about our key framework, Change the story here

Tools and resources

We produce free research-based tools and resources to help others embed gender equality and prevent violence in sectors including education, workplaces, sporting clubs and the media. 

Find out more at:

Prevention in Action 

Workplace Equality and Respect

Respectful Relationships Education

Respect and Equality in Tertiary Education

Media Making Change

Equality and Respect in Sport

Toolkit for local government

The Our Watch Institute

The Our Watch Institute is delivered by Our Watch and offers tailored solutions to embed gender equality and prevent violence against women, partnering with workplaces and communities to create change.

Our team has more than ten years’ experience driving meaningful workplace change, backed by a globally recognised evidence base.

Find out more about our training and consulting at the Our Watch Institute website.

The Institute is an initiative of Our Watch, with support from trusts and foundation partner, Goodman Foundation.

Primary prevention workforce training and development

We provide training for the primary prevention workforce, while also providing tools and resources for other organisations to deliver our training too. We work with a range of organisations, networks and communities to build a movement for change. 

Find out about our training and events on the Prevention in Action website.

Read our report Growing with change: Developing an expert workforce to prevent violence against women to find out more about why the development of an expert workforce is necessary to prevent violence against women in Australia.


We provide policy advice, support and input to governments and decision-makers, and contribute to policy processes, to influence public policy, systems and institutions to drive societal-level change. 

Find out more about our policy work here. 

Communications and social marketing

We develop communications and social marketing campaigns that aim to shift attitudes and behaviours that drive violence against women.  

Visit our campaign at The LineThe Line campaign aims to help young people have healthy and respectful relationships. 

Media and the public conversation

We lead a public conversation that keeps violence against women on the national agenda, with a focus on primary prevention. 

See our latest news and media releases, or visit Media Making Change. 

Monitoring and evaluation

We monitor and evaluate prevention efforts from a program level to the national level. 

Read our guide to population-level prevention monitoring.