Category Archives: Media & Popular Culture

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.

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.





Media representations of violence against women

Great article on What the news isn’t saying about men’s violence against women coverage tends to lack context, including:

  • Calling it what it is: gender-based violence, violence against women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, etc.
  • Including information: this includes statistics, prevalence, patterns and dynamics, and information about support services.
  • Mentioning the history of violence (when relevant): research has shown that as many as 70 per cent of male perpetrated intimate partner homicides are preceded by violence
  • Discussing gender inequity as part of the problem: among the most important causes of gender-based violence,  it is among the least likely issues to be discussed in the mainstream media

– Melbourne Social Equity Unit, University of Melbourne

Reporting Guidelines for Journalists

Reporting Guidelines for Journalists

Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), No To Violence Male Family Violence Prevention Association (NTV), CASA Forum, Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), The Office of the Public Advocate, PACT Community Support, South East Centre Against Sexual Assault, VicHealth, Victoria Police, Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (WDVCS)

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