Free from violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women

Victoria State Government, May 2017

This strategy is an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reform. It fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is a key part of the 10-year plan Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

The focus of this strategy is on preventing 2 overlapping and related forms of violence:

  • family violence
  • violence against women.

The scope of this strategy is primary prevention – preventing violence before it occurs by focusing on settings where inequality and violent behaviour are shaped. The aim is to build social structures, norms and practices that prevent, or reduce the risk of, violence.

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Promoting gender equality for improved health and wellbeing – VicHealth Position Statement

May 2017

The Gender Equality and Health Position Statement outlines VicHealth’s commitment to addressing inequalities between men and women, so that all Victorians can realise their full potential for health and wellbeing regardless of gender.

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Violence against women in Australia: An overview of research and approaches to primary prevention

VicHealth, April 2017

This publication presents a synopsis of the latest published research examining violence against women in Australia and its prevention. It also includes responses to violence against women and primary prevention actions. This overview focuses on:

  • the extent of violence against women
  • population groups at risk
  • the health, social, economic and other consequences of the problem
  • community attitudes to violence against women
  • responses to violence against women: policy, community and media
  • actions to address the drivers of violence against women
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Men as Allies in Preventing Violence: Principles and Practices for Promoting Accountability

White Ribbon Research Series

Bob Pease and commentary by Ann Carrington

March 2017

This paper explores the implications of the increasing role of men in violence prevention work for the women’s services sector. There are many different ways for men to work with women in violence against women prevention campaigns. The language of male-led campaigns, partners in violence prevention, bystanders, male champions, male allies, aspiring allies and solidarity activists are but a few of the roles that have been identified for men. However their roles are defined, as men have become more prominent in violence against women prevention work in recent years, the issue of men’s relationship with women against violence services has become a subject of ongoing concern for many feminist anti-violence activists, practitioners and scholars. This paper aims to explore the nature of those concerns and the various ways in which activist men and the organisations they work within, or are auspiced by, have responded to them

 

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Everyday Sexism: Girls’ and young women’s views on gender inequality in Australia

Plan International Australia and Our Watch

October 2016

The Plan International Australia and Our Watch survey on young women’s experiences of inequality was conducted by IPSOS Australia with 600 girls and young women aged 15-19 between December 2015 and February 2016. Plan International and Our Watch commissioned this survey to obtain a deeper understanding of young women’s gendered experiences, their most pressing desires for change, and their insights into how to address gender inequality in Australia. This survey explored young women’s experiences, perceptions and suggestions for change in three key areas:

  • Everyday experiences of gender equality, inequality and sexism;
  • Girls’ and young women’s safety – online, at home, school and work, and in relationships;
  • Sexual health and reproductive rights.
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Talk About It – NUS Women’s Department 2015 Survey Report

National Union of Students

February 2016

This report details the findings of the National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Department’s Talk About It survey (2015) and reveals a range of alarming statistics about the experiences of women studying at Australian Universities.  The survey looked at accommodation, safety, student services, sexual assault, harassment and economic difficulties that women enrolled in tertiary education institutions face. It was found that women students have a range of experiences which impact on their ability to participate in and succeed at university including financial difficulties, health problems and family responsibilities. Experiences of harassment, sexual assault and violence at university were also found to be very common, with over 70% of respondents saying that they had experienced some from of harassment during their time at university. In the final pages of the report, the NUS women’s department has provide a number of recommendations to improve support provided for women at university.

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She’s Price(d)less: The economics of the gender pay gap

October 2016

KPMG

This report uses structured econometric modelling to determine the factors that underpin the gender pay gap, and to what extent they contribute to the issue. This report,an update to analysis  initially conducted in 2009,shows that despite the endeavours of government and business, the size of the gap, and in particular the role of gender discrimination, has remained stagnant in the past seven years. Given the significant public debate since the release of the original 2009 Report, this update is intended to further contribute to the current public discussion, and drive a deeper and more holistic understanding of the social and economic factors that contribute to the gender pay gap. An Executive Companion, has also been made available. This provides:

  • a snapshot of the research findings
  • a range of practical actions to help address the gender pay gap
  • short case studies outlining the experience and insights of leading Australian companies as they addressed the gap within their own organisations

 

 

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Stop Gendered Violence at Work – Women’s Rights at Work Report

November 2016

Victorian Trades Hall Council

This report presents the findings of  consultations with working women, which became known as WRAW (Women’s Rights At Work), undertaken by Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) throughout 2016. A common theme arising in these consultations was the extent to which cultures of sexism and gender inequality were impacting on women’s safety and health at work. This report is a resource designed to raise awareness of this issue and to promote action to eliminate the violence Victorian women are experiencing at work.

 

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Start a Conversation – online resource

2016

Australian Government – a joint Australian, state and territory initiative

This online resource provides  parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers with tools to support conversations with young people about respectful relationships and respect for women. Resources include:

  • a respect checklist  to become more aware of what boys and girls might be thinking in disrespectful or aggressive situations.
  • a conversation guide to help you talk more confidently and openly with young people about the importance of respectful relationships.
  • a series of video messages from parenting educators providing tips to get you started on having conversations about respect.
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Playing Our Part – Lessons Learned from Implementing Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence

November 2016

Male Champions of Change

This report focuses on workplace responses to family violence and shares the steps, processes and frameworks that organisations/workplaces have found effective.  The report also includes case study examples of strategies employed by Male Champions member organisations relating to Employee Assistance Providers (EAPs) and managers.

 

 

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