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
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.
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.
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 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 say; Prevention 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).
Gender report card 2011
Women’s Inititives for Gender Justice
Domestic violence in Australia—an overview of the issues
Liesl Mitchell Social Policy Section
Parliament of Australia