Principles for regional action planning on preventing violence against women

Victoria is a leader in the prevention of men’s violence against women and there is significant commitment and expertise within the State particularly through Women’s Health Services.

Many of the following principles have been adapted from the joint statement developed by a group of primary prevention experts including Women’s Health Services and submitted to the 2015 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

  • Gender equity is at the heart of all primary prevention work.
  • Primary prevention needs to address the underlying causes of men’s violence against women (gender inequality) and not just its impacts.
  • Primary prevention efforts involve men and women working together to achieve the shared vision for an equal and safe society.
  • Primary prevention is long-term work requiring integration, coordination and leadership from organisations like Women’s Health Services, where it’s an ongoing priority issue.
  • Primary prevention initiatives should contribute to a coordinated and mutually reinforcing suite of strategies, delivered at a local and regional level, to enable an efficient, effective and consistent approach to primary prevention.
  • Primary prevention efforts require a population level approach (universal in scope) and can have ‘targeted’ components so that everyone is included and no one is left out.
  • Focussing efforts at changing behaviour at an individual level or undertaking ‘good projects’ alone cannot prevent the deeply-entrenched social problem of violence against women and gender inequality.
  • Primary prevention efforts need defined indicators to measure progress in the short, medium and longer term.

Speak to your Women’s Health Service about linking your ideas and actions to the regional action plan to prevent violence against women.