Category Archives: Health

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

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.

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.

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change

November 2016

Victorian State Government

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change outlines the Victorian State Government’s plan to implement all 227 recommendations of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. This 10 Year Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission and details the outcomes of the Government’s family violence reforms and the initial targets by which the plan’s progress will be measured.

 

 

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

December 2016

Victorian State Government

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy sets out to redress gender inequality, sexism and violence against women through a number of reforms and initiatives, including:

  • Enacting a Gender Equality Act to embed strong governance structures and to promote and improve gender equality across government
  • Creating  new agency dedicated to preventing family violence before it occur
  • Reviewing laws against sexist advertising and gender-based hate speech
  • Gender audits across government and the public sector to create inclusive and flexible workplaces, equal pay, leadership development and mentoring and recruitment and promotion
  • Establishing a Prevention Agency with dedicated funding to strengthen the prevention of family violence, including funding, coordinating and supporting local organisations working in the field of prevention to change community attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence
  • Scholarships to encourage young and emerging women leaders Gender equality programs in grassroots sporting clubs.
  • Hosting the first all women trade delegation in China Promoting women’s cultural activities and participation via the arts and media
  • Establishing two expert committees, a Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality and an Equal Workplaces Advisory Committee (EWAC) to provide expert advice to government in the ongoing commitment to achieve gender equality
  • Establishing a memorial for victims and a family violence index to highlight the horrifying and irreversible price many women have paid due to family violence

There are six key settings for early action in the implementation of the strategy that include; education and training; work and economic security; health, safety and wellbeing; leadership and representation; sport and recreation; and media, arts and culture.

 

 

 

 

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.

Everyone Wins ToolKit

Everyone Wins is a toolkit develop by VicHeatlh that provides practical tools and resources to help Victorian community sports clubs become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone in their community.

The toolkit specifically aims to help clubs increase the involvement of women and girls, Aboriginal people and people from culturally diverse communities. The tools, actions and resources provided in this toolkit help clubs build on their existing strengths.

The Action Guide includes hyperlinks to the specific tools. The Action Guide can be found at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/everyone-wins_clubs

For further information about Everyone Wins, please contact everyonewins@vichealth.vic.gov.au

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