Category Archives: Academic

A high price to pay: The economic case for preventing violence against women

PwC, VicHealth and Our Watch, November 2015

A High Price To Pay -The economic case for preventing VAW, produced by PwC, estimates the costs and benefits of preventing violence against women. It identifies the economic and social costs of violence against women, and which communities of interest are most likely to face the burden of these costs. The report also explores the efficacy of different prevention strategies, including primary prevention.

Horizons – Research Report

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), 2015

This ANROWS research report provides substantial additional analysis of data collected in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS).

The PSS is the most comprehensive quantitative study of interpersonal violence in Australia. The survey is administered by the ABS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. More than 17,000 women and men completed the 2012 survey.

The Preventing Violence Against Women Lancet Series

The Lancet, 21 November 2014

In November 2014, The Lancet published a series of papers on violence against women and how to prevent it. The series included papers on a variety of key topics, including: Prevention of violence against women and girls – what does the evidence sayPrevention of violence against women and girls – lessons from practice; and Preventing violence against women – working with men and boys to change social norms and gender relations. Importantly, the series included A Call to Action, imploring the international community to end violence against women and prioritise preventing violence against women before it occurs (primary prevention).

Introducing Our Watch

Our Watch was established by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in 2013 for the purpose of driving nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.

Our Watch recently released its five-year strategic plan, which outlines steps to be taken to see more people across Australia community rejecting violence against women and their children, and taking positive action to stop this violence before it happens. They have also released a statement of priorities for 2015.

Also available are a number of policy briefs. Our Watch commissioned these to inform their work. Each brief provides an overview of a key issue relevant to violence against women and their children, including the evidence. More briefs on pertinent issues will be released over time.

Our Watch Policy Brief 1 – Key terms, definitions and statistics

Our Watch Policy Brief 2 – An emerging theory of change

Our Watch Policy Brief 3 – International Evidence Base

Our Watch Policy Brief 4 – Prevention in other policy areas

Domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia: an overview of the issues

Janet Phillips and Penny Vandenbroek, Parliamentary Library Research Paper Series, 2014

This research paper updates several previous Parliamentary Library publications on the levels of violence experienced by women in Australia. The paper includes an overview of research on the prevalence of domestic, family and sexual violence, at risk groups and the costs of violence against women to communities and to the economy. Limited comparisons of the levels of violence experienced by men and women are included where relevant. The paper also includes an overview of policy approaches designed to prevent violence against women.


Australians’ attitudes to violence against women

– VicHealth, 2014

The findings from the 2013 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) tell us that we have been able to challenge a culture that allows violence against women to occur. There have been sustained improvements since 1995 in a number of areas. However, there are other areas in which progress has been minimal, along with some concerning negative findings.

Gender equality and violence against women: What’s the connection?

– Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, 2014

The perpetration of men’s violence against women is understood to be a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women. But unravelling the link between gender inequality and male perpetration of violence against women requires a multi-dimensional perspective. In this paper, researcher Liz Wall looks at the relationship between gender inequality and gendered violence and the evidence that is out there to support this connection, and discusses the importance of using an ecological model of prevention that enables influencing factors at various levels – societal, community and individual – to give greater contextual meaning to how gender inequality plays out in reality.

Violence against women: fast facts

– ANROWS, in collaboration with the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children, 2014

This resource presents key statistics on women’s experiences of domestic and family violence and sexual assault in an easy-to-read, infographic format. The information is drawn largely from the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey and include rates of violence against women and men and key statistics about women’s experiences of violence.